Editorial excerpt | So far, yet so close

It makes no sense to see [Saturday’s attack in Nairobi] as something strictly local.

Al-Shabaab, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, has its roots in neighbouring war-torn Somalia, but it recruits many of its members from the refugee camps spread throughout the region, including Kenya.

The camps are set up at the behest of the West in the thinking that aid is best given as close to refugees’ homeland as possible.

While that may be true in principle, it only works if we provide all the necessary aid and not leave host countries, who themselves may be fragile, to foot some of the bill. […]

The fewest conflicts remain local. The terror attack in Kenya is a sad reminder of that fact.  


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