UN scaling back Dadaab operations as population and funding decline

An aerial view of a section of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. In recent weeks, 832 Somali refugees were flown to Kismayu and 83 to Mogadishu, the UN says. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The size of the refugee complex continues to contract but not at the pace demanded by the Kenyan government, which has said repeatedly that it wants Dadaab to be closed entirely.

  • Voluntary returns of refugees to Somalia from Dadaab total nearly 32,000 so far this year and more than 71,000 since the launch of a joint UN/Kenya/Somalia repatriation initiative in 2014.

  • Another 17,229 refugees have registered to return to Somalia, the UN reports.

A steep drop in funding and a steady decrease in population are leading the United Nations to scale back its operations in the Dadaab camps, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.

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