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Kenya Orders Closure of Dadaab, Kakuma Refugee Camps

Kenya Orders Closure of Dadaab, Kakuma Refugee Camps

The Kenyan government has issued a two-week ultimatum to the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) closure of Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

Kenya’s Daily Nation reports that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i delivered a letter to the UNHCR which stated Kenya’s concerns of rising terror threats planned from Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

“There is no room for negotiation. We must strike a balance between Kenya’s international obligation and her domestic duties,” the letter read in parts.

”We do have a domestic responsibility to protect Kenya,”

In the letter, Kenya cited terror threats as the main reason for its latest request and neglect by other countries to aid in managing the over 500,000 refugees.

The CS further noted that the smuggling of contraband from Somalia has been the main source of funding terrorism activities despite the governments’ effort to cab illegal trading within the borders.

The number of refugees from Somalia is over 274,000 which is the largest compared to those from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda amongst other neighbouring countries.

Kenya’s decision comes amidst the ongoing maritime case with Somalia which Kenya has accused the International Court of Justice of failure to honour its request to have the new team of lawyers prepare sufficiently for the case.













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