Kenya now plans to close one of the world’s largest refugee camps which hosts over 230000 people in the coming months. Kenya plans to close Dadaab refugee camp in August this year, according to a document by the United Nations.
A report by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), reveal that Kenya had sent a letter to the UN refugee agency asking them to initiate the relocation process for the refugees.
UNHCR in response said that it was willing to work with Kenya to facilitate voluntary repatriation of the refugees to their countries of origin.
The camp largely hosts Somali refugees. A huge number of the refugees living in Dadaab fled Somalia following the outbreak of war in 1991 and have since lived in the refugee camp.
In 2016, Kenya government announced that it would close down the camp citing Al-Shabaab terrorist group were using Dadaab complex as a training ground and planning attacks within Kenyan borders.