Ten US Congress members urge Kerry to prevent Dadaab shutdown

US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a press conference at the Sankara Hotel in Nairobi on May 4, 2015. All 10 US Congress members from a state hosting thousands of Somali refugees recently urged Kerry to oppose Kenya's move to shut the Dadaab complex. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL |

What you need to know:

  • “Should Kenya continue to follow through with the closure, it would threaten the lives of thousands of refugees,” the two US senators and eight representatives from Minnesota wrote in an open letter to Mr Kerry.
  • Secretary of State Kerry has previously said he is “deeply concerned” about Kenya's pledge to shut Dadaab this year.
  • Kenyan authorities have said that the nearly 350,000 refugees in the Dadaab camps will not be forced out of the country.
  • The government has promised to treat them humanely as it presses the UN and donor nations to more vigorously implement a 2013 agreement to facilitate the voluntary return of Somalis to their homeland.

All 10 US Congress members from a state hosting thousands of Somali refugees recently urged Secretary of State John Kerry to oppose Kenya's move to shut the Dadaab complex.

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