Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp by November

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NAIROBI: Kenya is to send Somali refugees in the world’s largest camp back to their war-torn country or third nations by November, the interior minister said on Tuesday. The sprawling Dadaab camp on the Kenya-Somalia border hosts some 350,000 refugees, the vast majority of whom fled Somalia’s more than two-decade long conflict. Kenya said earlier this month it would shut down the camp, and set up a team to explore how it could be achieved. “I want to inform the world that the decision to close Dadaab camp is final,” Interior Minister Joseph Ole Nkaissery said after receiving the team’s report. “We hope to close the camp latest by November this year.” Nkaissery said the report would be shared with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

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