Kenya Begins Immediate Repatriation of Refugees in Dadaab Camp

Kenya, which hosts about 600,000 refugees, has allocated $10 million to immediately begin repatriating refugees from a camp known as Dadaab in the north of the East African nation.

Kenya intends to close the refugee camp because it has been infiltrated by supporters of the militant group al-Shabaab, who plan to attack the country’s “institutions, installations and civilians,” Interior Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said Wednesday in a statement.

The Dadaab complex in northern Kenya was set up to deal with an influx of people fleeing conflict in Somalia following the ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. It hosts about 333,000 people, according to the United Nations.

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