Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Welcome no more

After several years of taking in refugees, and several months of hosting delegates at peace talks, and with final logical steps in Kenya already done, the welcome mat is being slowly withdrawn. In the case of Sudan, a peace agreement is being signed on (Sunday), for it seems the umpteenth time - but this time it seems like the real deal. And after Somali delegates (drawn from all the major clans) elected a new parliament and president in Nairobi; they are still here living large at the best hotels in Nairobi. In his New Year’s message President Kibaki urged them to return home, and now his ministers have taken up the message. I suspect, that after putting in ($10 million dollars) donors are no longer will to finance luxury lifestyles in Nairobi. They would like to aid the Somali government, but in Somalia, not Nairobi.

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