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Vol 57 No 12

Published 10th June 2016


Kenya

Stand-off over Dadaab

Refugee experts and diplomats are divided on whether Kenya is serious about its stated intention to close down the huge Dadaab refugee camp in November, Africa Confidential is told. The camp lies 100 kilometres from the Somali border, is home to more than 350,000 Somali refugees and was set up nearly 25 years ago. Refugee workers say it is impossible to close the camp humanely in so short a time, leading some to speculate that Nairobi is using the threat to extract security and financial assurances from the international community. Dadaab is often blamed as the point of origin of terrorist attacks by Al Shabaab.

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