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Rights group accuses police

March 31, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Corrupt and violent Kenyan police abuse and extort money from hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled volatile Somalia, a human rights watchdog said.

Kenyan officials did not immediately comment on the report by Human Rights Watch, which also accused the authorities of forcibly deporting hundreds of asylum seekers desperate to reach the world's largest refugee settlement.

More than 250,000 people eke out a living in three overcrowded camps near the Somali border in the arid and impoverished northeast of Kenya, the region's biggest economy.

Aid agencies expect to see 100,000 new arrivals there this year as a tide of Somalis flee the conflict between an Islamist-led insurgency and the new government in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

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