Kenya plans to close down the world’s largest refugee camp which currently home to nearly a quarter of a million people, in the next few months, according to an internal UN document seen by AFP Tuesday,
The thirty year old Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya, which accomodates mostly Somalis, would be closed by the end of August under the Kenyan plan, it said.
A United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) document dated February 28 said the Kenyan government had sent a note verbale informing it of “plans to close the Dadaab camps within a six-month period”.
The note, which was dated February 19, asked UNHCR “to expedite relocation of the refugees and asylum-seekers residing therein.”
In the document, the UNHCR said it was committed to working with the government on voluntary repatriation to countries of origin, relocating refugees to other parts of Kenya and resettlement to third countries.