NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenyan government has threatened to shut down Dadaab refugee camp, citing insecurity and terror threats by al Shabaab group based in Somalia.
The camp, which hosts over 600,000 refugees, will be closed by the end of August, according to a statement seen by Mareeg Online.
Somalia, Kenya and UN refugee agency signed a tripartite agreement to close the camp and repatriate the refugees, the memo said.
“The agreement laid grounds for repatriation and eventual closure of the camp”, the statement said.
Responding to news that the Government of Kenya plans to close the Dadaab refugee camp by the end of August,
Amnesty International has strongly condemned the move by Kenya to close the camp.
The Amnesty International Executive Director for Kenya, Irungu Houghton says concerned about the closure.
He says men, women and children fled ongoing armed conflict in fear for their lives and suffered a raft of other human rights abuses.
He urged Kenya to seek genuine durable solutions for Somali refugees including integration into the Kenyan society and resettlement to third countries.