|African Union troops in an armoured vehicle in Somalia|
|Kenya and its neighbours|
Dadaab Refugee Camp
Chronic food insecurity has spiraled into a massive humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, where today more than 10 million people are in acute need of assistance. The situation, affecting large parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda, is only expected to deteriorate at least until next year, with some areas experiencing the worst drought in 60 years and no sign of resumed rains in sight.
Some 1,300 refugees a day, the vast majority from war-torn Somalia, are pouring into the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya – now the world's largest such site, with almost 400,000 displaced people in three camps originally designed for 90,000.
CARE, UN Refugee
|Dadaab Refugee Camp|
Approximately 13,500 people live in the Red Cross refugee camp in Eldoret in Kenya. Photo: Frederic Courbet/Panos
Kenya needs our help and as a member of the Commonwealth we deserve to help it. Kenya is in a very hostile portion of the continent but has remained remarkably peaceful even after election violence in 2008.
|AU Troops in Somalia|
Kenya has 63 000 active service troops and is dealing with the largest famine to hit the region in a generation as well as instability to the west and to its borders with Somalia. Kenyan troops are already in operations around the border region within Somalia and in securing the kenyan border.
|Kenyan military helicopters over Somalia towns.|
|The African Union has almost 9000 troops in Somalia fighting al Shabaab and other insurgents as well as trying to create stability in the broken country.|
The United States military and the British military all have an active piece within Kenya. The American Special forces and the Special Air Service all have a presence within Kenya. Its time for the Canadians to step up to the table.
The worst drought in over half a century has hit parts of East Africa affecting more than 10 million people. Thousands of families have travelled for days across scorched scrubland from Somalia to Kenya, including barefoot children with no food or water after their crops and livestock were destroyed by drought. More than 10 million people have been affected across the Horn of Africa. Acute malnutrition has reached 37% in some parts of north east Kenya and child refugees from Somalia are dying of causes related to malnutrition either during the journey or very shortly after arrival at aid camps.
Two-year-old Aden Salaad looks up toward his mother as she bathes him in a tub at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where Aden is receiving treatment for malnutrition, in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, KenyaPicture: AP/Rebecca Blackwell
|Canada's famed Joint Task Force 2 Special Forces Team|
The West can up its support for Kenya and its defence of the Horn of Africa by providing troops to help secure refugee camps and the border region.
Canada can provide military instruction from various regiments including its special operations community with the Kenyan military and to the African Union troops that are fighting in Somalia.
|Canadian Special Operation Regiment (CSOR)|
It can also provide troops these SF forces to help with the area and hit high value targets that will destabilize al Shabaab.
|CSOR in the desert|
CSOR is a battalion-sized, high-readiness special operations unit capable of conducting and enabling a broad range of missions, including Direct Action (DA), Defence Diplomacy and Military Assistance (DDMA), Special Reconnaissance (SR) and Domestic Counter Terrorism (Dom CT). CSOR personnel are intelligent, physically fit, and possess a host of skills that enable them to operate effectively in challenging environments.
Canada also has a very strong Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that's is capable and very strong.
Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)