Somalis begin trek home from Kenya
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SOME 170 000 Somalis are set to return to their country in the next two years after steadfastness by Kenya it would not reopen the Dabaab refugee camp, the biggest such facility in the world.
To date, over 17 000 refugees have returned to Somalia from Dadaab since December 2014, when indications were that the centre would be closed as it had emerged as breeding ground for terrorists
Following the Government of Kenya’s announcement in May of its decision to close Dadaab, UNHCR presented a plan of action at the meeting of Tripartite Commission (Kenya, Somalia and United Nations High Commission for Refugees) which took place in Nairobi at the end of June.
The plan outlines a process intended to reduce the population of Dadaab – currently 343 043 (326 611 Somalis) – by 150 000 by the end of 2016.
A total of $115 million is requested for relocation of 15 000 Somali and other 16 000 non-Somali refugees from Dadaab to Kakuma, another centre in Kenya and reintegration of an estimated 42 000 Kenyans believed registered as refugees.
UNHCR’s Africa Bureau Director, Valentin Tapsoba, said UNHCR is committed to ensuring that all returns to Somalia are voluntary and carried out in dignity, safety and with the protection of refugees paramount.
In order to do this we are requesting the international donor community to support this additional appeal so that returning Somalis can go back to their home country with the best possible opportunities to re-establish themselves and their families in peace and stability,” Tapsoba.
– CAJ News
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