Kenya disbands refugee agency and orders closure of camps

Kenyan government has announced the disbandment of the Refugee Affairs Department (RAD) and closure of all refugee camps in the country.

The statement from Ministry of Interior said the presence of the refugees inside its territories has posed security,economic and environmental threats to Kenya.

The statement sent to newsrooms on Friday further said due to security threats from Somali armed group Alshabaab Kenya will act on tripartite agreement signed between Kenya,Somalia and UNHCR on November 2013 to voluntarily return the refugees and close down the camps.

Amnesty International immediately condemned the move and described as reckless move that will put thousands of lives at risk.

There are over 600,000 refugees living in Kenyan camps of Dadaab and Kakuma mainly Somali Somalis and South Sudanese that fled the fighting in their homeland.