A hungry Ugandan refugee has committed suicide outside the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in Westland, Nairobi.
The 28-year-old Aneste Mweru, allegedly hanged himself after going days without food and when he went to the UNHCR offices, he was turned away.
He used a white scarf to hang himself on a tree on Waiyaki way, reported Daily Monitor.
“We, at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are profoundly shocked and saddened by the tragic death and apparent suicide of a refugee today in Nairobi,” UNHCR office in Nairobi confirmed.
It added: “Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends. We ask everyone to kindly respect his dignity and the dignity and privacy of his family, and to desist from circulating pictures of the deceased.”
The deceased person, a Ugandan national was recognised as a refugee by the Government of Kenya.
“We are in close contact with the Kenyan police, who have launched an investigation to clarify the circumstances surrounding his death.”
UNHCR is also in regular contact with the refugee community and relevant authorities to ensure that any required support is provided and to prevent the spread of misinformation.
According to the statement, UNHCR is concerned about the growing challenges faced by refugees and asylum-seekers as well as communities hosting them, in meeting their basic needs in the current difficult context.
“UNHCR will continue to do its utmost to deliver critical protection and assistance to the nearly 500,000 refugees and asylum-seekers living in Kenya, especially during these challenging times.”