A Little Bit About Those Refugee Camps in Kenya

by baldilocks

With two Somali-Americans – Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) and Sports Illustrated “swimsuit” model Halima Aden — being in the news of late, I think it’s important to dispense some information about a singular part of their backgrounds.

Both spent their childhoods in Kenyan refugee camps.

If you recall, the last time a person whose lineage was from that part of the world became famous, a lot of made-up information (read: lies) was spread around and, over a decade later, I still see some of it. Therefore, I’d like to get out a little ahead of information on the refugee camps, or, at least run alongside of it.

I don’t intend for this to be any kind of expose on the camps — kind of difficult to do anything like that from my living room in Los Angeles — nor is this an opinion piece about the women. I’ve made my opinions about Omar plain, and, as for Aden’s SI hijab-burkini debut, I’m agnostic on the topic other than the fact that I think that swimming in full hijab might be dangerous. Also, she seems like a nice young lady.

My only purpose here is to provide accurate information available from open sources about the camps .

From World of Camps:

The Dadaab refugee camp complex is situated in northeastern Kenya, near the border with Somalia. Until early 2017, it consisted of five refugee camps. However, one of the camps, Kambioos, which was also the newest, was recently closed as refugees began returning to Somalia and the few remaining moved into the other camps.

Dadaab was established in the year 1991 following the beginning of the civil war in Somalia. Somalis were forced to flee as the war worsened, leaving to neighbouring countries including Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

The Dadaab Complex consists of five smaller camps: Dagahaley, Hagadera, Ifo, Ifo II and Kambioos. The latter two camps were opened in 2011 when more Somalians fled their country to escape drought and subsequent famine.

Who manages and funds these camps? Why, the UN, of course. Its Twitter feed is here. And there are many more foreign agencies involved.

Kenya has been trying to shut down this complex and repatriate its inhabitants since 2013.

From Kenya’s Daily Nation:

[T]he camp situated in Garissa county has been the centre of protracted negotiations between the Kenya government, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Somalia.

This will be the fourth attempt to close it.

In 2013, the three parties had signed a tripartite agreement to source funds, prepare the ground back in Somalia and facilitate the voluntary return of refugees. Those who accepted were to be given a stipend and other support.

But refugees seem to have shied away from this programme. Figures from UNHCR show that the number of refugees who left the camp on their own is more than those who went under the guided programme.

In 2014, there were about 350,000 refugees. Today, the camp hosts 210,556 refugees, of which 202,381 are from Somalia.

By their own law, the Kenyans are prohibited from simply throwing the refugees out, which is good because I suspect that they’ve had enough of the Somalis

Back to our two subject personalities.

Omar, 37, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. She and her family spent four of her childhood years in the Dadaab complex. She entered the United States in 1992 and became an American citizen in 2000.

Halima Aden. Cite.

Aden, 21, was born in a camp called Kakuma, which is not part of the Dadaab complex. It is located on the opposite end of Kenya and, therefore much further away from the Kenya-Somalia border than is Dadaab. She and her family came to America when she was six. I can only find one article mentioning her citizenship; the writer assumes that she is an American citizen.

As we know, the largest concentration of Somali refugees and Somali-Americans in the USA is in Minnesota, which is where both women live.

And here’s a little more opining from me: regardless of what one thinks of either woman, it is for certain that they both hit the jackpot.


Dadaab gains a new benefactor.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) [of Saudi Arabia] is set to open a regional relief office in Kenya that will aid refugees in the Dadaab Refugee Camp.

According to the General Supervisor of the Center Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, the organization will also provide urgent food and medical assistance to Kenyans facing starvation.

He stated that last year, it distributed over 1,200 tonnes of relief food aid to the Dadaab refugees after the UN cut funding and food aid ratio for the 3 refugee camps of Ifo, Hagadera and Dagahaley. [Ed note: It appears that there are more camps in the complex than are named in some sources. JAO]

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Blame the Silly Seattle Voters for their Snakes

King Richard (in disguise)Oh, now I remember. How does your loyalty to Richard set on a killer of knights, a poacher of the king’s deer and an outlaw?
Robin HoodThose I’ve killed died from misusing the trust that Richard left them. And the worst rogue of these is the king’s own brother.
King RichardOh, then you blame Prince John.
Robin HoodNo, I blame Richard. His task was defending his people instead of deserting them to fight in foreign lands.

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938

One of the favorite quotes of President is from Al Wilson’s song the Snake whose climax comes when the woman laments the deadly snake biting her after she had nursed it back to health and the snake replies:

Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in

Al Wilson the Snake

This instantly came to mind when I read this story about the oh so woke City Attorney of Seattle and the director of public defense absolutely OUTRAGED over the idea that a plea deal which gave no jail time after a violent assault by a 72 time offender was rejected by a judge who instead gave him the maximum of 364 days in jail saying:

“As a judge, I have a duty and responsibility to protect the citizens of Seattle and impose a sentence that I think is going to provide protection,” McKenna said in court. “I don’t think this court is willing to risk having someone else assaulted.”

The two leveled several accusations against the judge which he categorically denied and were so outrageous that even the Seattle times called them out as BS.

I was mentioning this to a Haitian fellow at work who couldn’t get over the idea of a 72 time offender (14 being felonies) being loose and wondered about what is going on with the government in Seattle my answer was pretty direct. The people of the city were getting the government they deserve.

Seattle isn’t Venezuela, it isn’t China, it isn’t Somalia it isn’t even England at the time of Richard the Lionheart. The voters of Seattle holding free election have put into place the government that has let such things slide for years and have encouraged and enabled this situation. Those same people are regularly given the chance to change this government and have chosen not to even when the situation in the city has become intolerable. How intolerable, as one police officer said:

“People come here because it’s called Free-attle and they believe if they come here they will get free food, free medical treatment, free mental health treatment, a free tent, free clothes and will be free of prosecution for just about everything; and they’re right.”

emphasis mine

When you elect people whose primary purpose is to protect those who prey on you and your city and who publicly state positions along those lines you have no business being angry when they act accordingly.

The people of Seattle has the government and the city they deserve and it will not change until they decide they deserve something different.

It’s on them.

Embrace the Power of NO!

There is actually a very easy way to deal with the insanity of the world today. A way that my parents and their parents understood. A way that leaders like Churchill and Washington and Lincoln understood, a way that is so simple that people once they discover it are amazed at the power it holds.

It is the magic word


When people insist you cancel a speaker at a college, simply say NO! When people insist that you pretend people with penis’ are women say NO! When your child insists that they are a different sex or a superhero or must have the latest toy or else: Say NO!

For two generation this magic word has been shelved by so called adults that didn’t want to admit that they had grown older. They wanted to be not the parents to their children or the teacher to their students, they wanted to be their FRIENDS. And because their goal was the approval of their charges rather than their protection or education they granted every wish, gave a trophy to every performance and eliminated any objective standard by which their charges might challenge themselves, to the point where now THEIR charges don’t know how to deal with their own children or charges that make demands on them.

NO can save your budget, NO can protect your kids and charges from danger and when backed up by security and law, for example arresting prosecuting and expelling students that commit violent acts or disrupt speeches NO can instantly bring perspective to someone who has never had to deal with rejection.

It works on a national scale as well. Look at the Democrats in the senate who were desperate to stop Kavanaugh, desperate to remove Trump and desperate to stop the president from filling positions in the judiciary. Each time they screamed and shouted and the media amplified their voice, yet each time, instead of caving Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell said NO!.

Look at Iran, Look at Syria, Look at North Korea, look at the Palestinians, how the willingness to say NO has allowed us to get places that people said were too dangers, were impossible.

And most importantly look at the cities that have been unable to say NO! to activists, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and ask yourself if you can’t afford a wall and/or gate around your house and a bodyguard if that is where you would want to live.

To be sure there might be some short terms costs to saying NO! Those who have never been refused before will be shocked, may throw tantrums, may at times react completely unhinged.

But remember the choice is stark, You can either be a subject to others whims or be free. It is no coincidence that those who have been able to secure freedom for the most people, Washington , Lincoln and Churchill were all willing to say NO! to great tyranny

So learn to say no to these petty tyrants, and free yourself and them.

What Do Joe Biden and Jeff Epstein have in Common? Why DatechGuy’s Laws of media outrage of course

It’s quite amusing to see the left go all out of Joe Biden these days, partially because I think of all the potential Democrat candidates Joe Biden is one of the most, if not THE most dangerous for Donald Trump to face and conservatives underestimate him at our peril.

But what’s really Amusing is to note how the Joe Biden story, Like the Jeffery Epstein story (you know the fellow who got off easy concerning underage hookers and a private Island) this story perfectly illustrates not one but TWO of DaTechGuy’s Laws of Media outrage.

The Joe Biden story, like the Jeffery Epstein Story before was well known and conservative writers like myself, Instapundit and Robert Stacy McCain had brought it up repeatedly. However even though the Biden story involved a sitting vice Preisdent and Bill Clinton was an ex president nobody in the MSM had any interest, why? DaTechGuy’s 2nd Law of Media Outrage:

The level of acceptance of the positions and/or actions of any group or organization by the left and media is directly proportional to their current or potential value in electing liberal Democrats.

As long as Joe Biden was Obama’s man and Jeffrey Epstein Bill Clinton’s then Biden’s actions as well as the action of the AG who let Epstein off with a wrist slap were completely acceptable to the left and media and thus were not worth of any publicity per DaTechGuy’s 3rd law of media outrage

The MSM’s elevation and continued classification of any story as Nationally Newsworthy rather than only of local interest is in direct correlation to said story’s current ability to affirm any current Democrat/Liberal/Media meme/talking point, particularly on the subject of race or sexuality.

As long as the Biden and Epstein stories were potentially harmful to Democrats they were not newsworthy or wroth reporting. Once the Epstein AG became part of the Trump Administration and Bill Clinton was already tarred by the METOO movement (and Hillary considered no longer viable as a candidate) suddenly the Epstein story was newsworthy.

And now Joe Biden, finding himself a non-socialist white straight male in a party that ascribes all the ills of the universe to such people is suddenly expendable to a large swath of the Democrat left and thus to a large swath of the political left now an expendable potential liability, suddenly his actions are newsworthy and unacceptable.

To be sure some of the old guard (Mika, Whoppi and Pelosi) continue to defend him but as far as the MSM is concerned Joe Biden is now a liability to the left and thus worthy of all the scrutiny that a conservative might be subjected to.