Kenya delays closure of world’s biggest refugee camp


Following international pressure, the Kenyan government has delayed the closure of Dadaab, the world’s biggest refugee camp.

The government announced in May that the camp would be closing in six months, but yesterday postponed the closure a further six months.

Dadaab was originally opened in 1992 as a temporary shelter for 90,000 refugees fleeing civil war in neighbouring Somalia and is now home to an estimated 350,000 refugees.

Three years ago, the two nations signed a repatriation agreement in an effort to return Somali refugees home, but it is a voluntary process and many are concerned with what will face them there.

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