UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resumed repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya after few months of suspension.
Repatriation resumed by road with first batch of 218 individuals being ferried in five buses to Baidoa and Luuq in southwest Somalia in January 2016.
This was the first batch to get to Somalia by road since the repatriation was suspended in October 2015 citing the rainy season.
Several Somali refugees have returned home since December 2014 when UNHCR started supporting voluntary return of Somali refugees in Kenya.
UNHCR Return Help Desk jointly managed by the UN agency, Kenya’s department of refugees affairs and Norwegian Refugee Council have been quite busy attending over 1,700 Somali individuals with interest or making enquiries about the voluntary return process.
The programme assists the returning refugees with transport to their places of origin mostly in Kismayo, Mogadishu, Baidoa and Luuq in South and Central Somalia.
They also receive cash grants, food and basic domestic items.
Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya’s NEP, has been providing protection, shelter and humanitarian assistance to Somali refugees for two decades often under difficult and complex circumstances.