The government of Kenya announced that it intends to end its hosting of refugees. Refugee camps due to close include Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world: home to more than 300,000 people.
On Friday of last week, the Government of Kenya announced again that it intends to end the hosting of refugees, citing economic, environmental, and security concerns following last year’s attack by al-Shabaab on Garissa University that killed 147 people. The Government announced that it has disbanded its Department of Refugee Affairs and is working on a way to close Kenya's refugee camps – currently home to over 600,000 people.
As well as demanding the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Somalis within the camps, Kenya also announced that it has started building a 440 mile (700km) wall along the entire length of their border with Somalia.
Dadaab, one of the camps set to close, was set up in 1991 to house families fleeing conflict in Somalia, and some people have been living there for more than 20 years. UNHCR says it is not possible for Dadaab residents to return home safely as most of them are from Somalia and South Sudan. Where will these people find safety?
[Graphics by HumanRefuge(e)] Source: UNHCR, BBC