Efforts to lower refugee numbers run into challenges
Wednesday August 30 2017
Kenya wanted Dadaab refugee complex closed, saying it was a recruiting ground for Al-Shabaab terror group. PHOTO FILE | NMG
Lack of resources, insecurity in Somalia and opposition by human rights groups have forced Kenya to hold its horses.
Some refugees, who had voluntarily returned to Somalia, slipped back to Dadaab due to insecurity and lack of facilities in their home regions in Somalia.
The government had threatened to close the camp by November last year, arguing that the Dadaab Refugee complex—that comprises five camps of Hagadera, Kambioos, Ifo, Ifo2 and Dagahaley— was a recruitment ground for Al Shabaab, which continues to terrorise Kenyan citizens, especially in north eastern.