Inclusion International (II) and the Kenyan Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (KAIH) regret to announce that we have been forced to cancel the 16th World Congress of Inclusion International in Nairobi.
The recent attacks on May 17th have increased concerns of delegates regarding safety and there have been many cancellations, the result being that the event is not viable. The Officers and Board of II and KAIH do not take this decision lightly as we have been committed to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Kenya and throughout Africa.
While the foreign travel advisories for individuals have remained fairly consistent in the past several months, the most recent attacks in Nairobi have increased concerns by many participants about the targeting of large groups and conferences. We have also learned that several conferences and meetings at hotels near the conference centre have been canceled in the past several days.
We are in the process of informing all delegates, speakers and other partners and we ask for our partners and friend’s patience while we ensure that this information is delivered in the next several days. We will endeavour to provide some reimbursement for registrations to be determined after May 30th.
It is a sad day for the teams of II and KAIH who have been working for over 2 years to make this a successful event but we will regroup and find opportunities to support and build on the relationships which have been established. Our thoughts are with the Kenyan people as they cope with the despicable acts of terrorism!