At least 50 South Sudanese refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp have been arrested by the Kenyan police after a demonstration turned violent.
The police arrested them after a demonstration by students over a new policy by UNHCR’s sister agency, Windle Trust asking all secondary school students in the camp to start paying school fees.
Sources in the camp allege that the police stormed Kakuma Secondary School where the students were demonstrating and started beating the demonstrating students mercilessly.
” The students went to school and started demonstrating against the education partner’s policy of asking refugees to pay school fees,” a source said in Kakuma said.
Kenya Police, AP & GSU responded to the incidents by beating up students with sticks & elastic rubbers, a Kakuma based blog, Kanere reports.
It is alleged that the police is demanding that the arrested youth pay an equivalent of $500 to be freed.