UN fails to convince Kenya not to close Dadaab camp

Refugees at Dadaab Refugee camp on December 4, 2013. President Uhuru Kenyatta told a delegation of diplomats from the UN’s most powerful body, in Nairobi, that the camp, the world’s largest by population, would have to be closed to save the country from security hazards. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The diplomats had arrived in the country just a day after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon asked President Kenyatta not to close the camp, and instead offered to discuss how to manage it.
  • According to sources, Kenya said it saw little international commitment to support Somalia’s rise, which would in effect improve the security of the region.

Kenya will proceed to shut down the Dadaab refugee camp as a matter of national security, United Nations Security Council envoys were told Friday.

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