Author: Asad Hussein

Asad Hussein is a Somali writer based in Nairobi. You can follow him on Twitter as @asadhussein_

The day went by largely unnoticed, without a bang— no social media hashtags, no fuming journalists covering it—but it had the chance to change the lives of the nearly half a million refugees in Kenya, and in turn the country. The president declined a bill which, at the stroke of his pen, would have allowed any refugee in Kenya to apply for citizenship, if they wish, and enjoy all the rights that come with it. The bill, first tabled by the MP Agostinho Neto, granted refugee professionals work, families land, and children education, but our president turned it down anyway.…

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