"There is no peace and no work…only fighting"
Q. What made you leave our country?
“I left because of the fighting. There is no peace in Somalia and the fighting for so long. All my life, always fighting. There is no food and no money to buy anything. Things are very bad. I feared I would be killed in the fighting. There is no peace and no work…only fighting.”
Q. How did you come from Somalia to Kenya?
“Well I walked from Baardheere in (South) Somalia to Wajir (Kenya). It was easy to cross the border the bushes, no police there. I was told by some people that from Wajir there are trucks that take goats to Nairobi. Someone in Wajir I knew, a Somali man from my clan, took me to a truck driver. We paid some money, about Ksh 1,000 and then I came to Nairobi where I heard I could get work. For two days we drove and I had to hide with the goats in the back so police would not catch me.”
Q. Then what happened when you arrived in Nairobi?
“The driver of the truck told me to go to mosque, they would help me. The Imams, they were good and when I told them that I had some from Somalia but had no money they gave me some food. They let me sleep in the Mosque…there were some others like me there also. The Imam, he gave me some old clothes when he saw mine were dirty.”
Q. What do you do now?
“I found some work, selling water in the streets. Also some Somalis helped me to find work in a place where they kill goats and sell the meat. I have to get up very early to go do this work. I get about Ksh100 for every goat I kill. I think that the people they gave me the work because I know how to kill the goats in the ‘Halal’ way …”
Q. Have you faced any problems in Nairobi?
“I am always afraid that they will catch me and send me back to Somalia….then I will be killed by the fighting. A friend, a Somali man said that he will take me to UNHCR and then I will be safe. They will give me papers so I can stay here. I only thank Allah for all the good Somali people here who have helped me like my family…But still life is hard and I have to work all the time and still don’t have enough to get a place to sleep good…”