Namibian refugees residing at Dukwi Refugee Camp in northern Botswana have this week handed a petition to United Nations refugee agency and Botswana government regarding their repatriation back to their homeland. wpid-02-24-2012malirefugees.jpg
According to local radio Yorona FM on Thursday, a representatives of the Namibian refugees said they have delivered th petition to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the government of Botswana.
The refugees said the Dec. 31, 2015 deadline agreed by the Namibian and Botswana governments is not ideal. In the written petition released to the media, they argue that Namibia is not “safe.”
“Some of us have long repatriated back to Namibia but the majority of us feel it is unsafe to go back,” one immigrant said.
The decision to repatriate the remaining refugees was taken during a meeting in Windhoek in February between Botswana’s Minister of Defense, Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi, and Namibia’s Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Livula-Ithana.
Hundreds of Namibians have gone back in the last few years but an estimated 988 remain resident at Dukwi. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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