Kenya has decided to forget the plans of closing Dadaab camp and let the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the country stay as long as possible.
Intelligence sources had earlier revealed that closing Dadaab camp could create far many problems than the advantages the country was bound to draw from the move.
Somalia is not fully stable politically and is still struggling to break through its internal challenge of terrorism from the country’s al Shabaab militants.
That is in fact the reason why most refugees in Dadaab camp as Somalis. The Somalis ran away from the killings that they were experiencing from the al Shabaab militants who are out to take full control of the country’s political, social and economic system.
The refugees say that they would never consider going back to Somalia as doing so would mean treading in their self-dug graves head on.
Kenya’s intelligence sources also tried to analyze the options that the forcefully evicted refugees would have and came to the shocking possibility that a considerably large portion of these evictees would be desperate enough to find solace within the militant group and turn their anger towards Kenya that cruelly put an end to their homes in which they had found peace for a long time.
This, the intelligence sources revealed, would mean that the Kenyan government solved one problem to create room for a bigger one.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the Dadaab camp would not be forcefully repatriated, taking back the threat that the government had earlier issued after al Shabaab militants attacked a Kenyan University killing 148 people.
Kenyatta said his country has been, and will continue fulfilling its international obligations. Closing Dadaab camp was therefore not one of the government’s objectives.
Dadaab refugee camp is one of the world’s largest camps and it houses more than 350,000 Somalis among other refugees from other countries.