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Kenya accelerates repatriation of Somalis refugees after campus attack


NAIROBI – Kenya government said on Tuesday in Nairobi, that plans have been concluded to speed up the repatriation of Somalis from the Dadaab, Kenya, refugee camp.

This is coming on the heels of Al-Shabaab massacred 147 people on a Kenyan university campus.

Interior Ministry spokesman, Mwenda Njoka, said the move became imperative because the camp had been identified by Kenyan authorities as a recruiting ground for Al-Shabaab.

“We have problems with the refugees, that is a factor. We will reduce the number so we can manage them more effectively,’’ Njoka said.

He said Dadaab camp has become the world’s largest refugee camp, with more than half a million people.

According to him, Somali refugees will not be sent into areas controlled by Al-Shabaab.

“They will be relocated to areas in control of Somalia’s government. We don’t want people who are innocent to suffer because of Al-Shabaab,” he said.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]

The spokesman said the closure of the camp was, however, not an option.

The decision comes a day after representatives from the north-eastern districts of Garissa, the host community of the attacked campus ,Wajir and Mandera, demanded the closure of the camp. (dpa/NAN)

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