The repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya camps to resume

Kenyan government has said the repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp will resume this week.

The relocation was suspended due to heavy rains that affected roads, according to the Kenya’s Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Haron Komen.

So far 2,050 Somali refugees who were living in Dadaab camp, the world’s largest refugee camp, had been repatriated up to early April when the exercise was put on hold.

Mr Komen said on Friday that the number of refugees to be repatriated will increase when the exercise resumes this week.

Up to 200 people will be returned per convoy to speed up the process and ensure as many refugees as possible go back home by the end of the year.

The repatriation is being done through a framework agreed upon in a tripartite agreement among Kenya, Somalia and the United Nations.

The estimated number of Somali refugees in the country is 423,244.