Dadaab camp to be closed in fresh move to kick out refugees  

What you need to know:

  • This is the latest bid to close down one of the oldest refugee centres in the region amid suspicions that it was harbouring terror sympathisers, setting the scene for another round of fierce lobbying from relief agencies.
  • Mr Kodeck Makori, head of the Refugee Affairs Secretariat, told the Nation that the voluntary repatriation programme had been going on since the pilot batch of 5,200 was done in December 2014.
  • Under the Refugee Convention, a person fleeing their country for safety cannot be returned forcibly. And as Kenya is a signatory, donors said they would pull out if force was used.

The government has said it will proceed with its plans to shut down Dadaab camp even as refugees continue to shun the voluntary repatriation programme started in 2014.

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