Somalia: British Nationals Abroad

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what inquiries, if any, they have made concerning the use of rehabilitation centres in Somalia to which British Somali children are being sent; and what activities are offered in those centres.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​Her Majesty’s Government advises against all travel to Somalia, except for the cities of Hargeisa and Berbera. The British Embassy in Mogadishu and the British Office in Hargeisa are currently unable to provide consular assistance in Somalia or Somaliland. The UK’s ability to offer consular support to British Nationals in Somalia or Somaliland or establish with certainty the activities undertaken in “rehabilitation centres” is therefore extremely limited. However the High Commission in Nairobi has in the past provided limited consular assistance, including to those who had previously attended “rehabilitation centres".

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