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>> Knives, wire, battery acid, rat poison, rope. All items which aid workers say they have confiscated from refugees in this camp in Northern Kenya in the last few months. Nine refugees have committed suicide in the Kakuma camps in early 2017. Up from three the year before. Doctors haven't commented on the reasons for the suicides, but aid groups say the mood has deteriorated since Washington started getting tougher on immigration.
>> We're noticed some difference immediately that the ban was announced. We didn't have so much patience come in with a sense of hopelessness. President Donald Trump has kept the number of resettlements at 45,000, down from 110,000 in 2016. Stricter vetting will also require refugees to provide five additional years of background information, meaning they're unlikely to ever meet the reduced number.
The applications of more than 14,000 refugees from Somalia alone are now on hold. Kalima Abdu Mohammed lives at the Kakuma camp. She said her husband, Musa, killed himself at their home last October.>>
> I do believe that he hung himself because of the situation around the camp, the travel ban by Trump.
We were hoping that we would go and find a lasting solution. Asked about reports of growing mental health problems among refugees in Kenyan camps, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said, it had provided long standing, generous support for the refugee response in Kenya and globally, including mental health programs.
Aid groups say cases of depression have almost doubled at a refugee camp in eastern Kenya from 2016 to 2017. While workers won't directly attribute the rise to the US changes, they do say confusion over the new policies is a source of stress.