Over 200 refugees to leave Dadaab camp for Somalia

Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya. REUTERS

250 Somali refugees living in Kenya’s Dadaab camp are expected to voluntarily leave the camp for Somalia.

According to the UN, the 250 will add to the 74,000 who have already been repatriated to the horn of Africa country in a move aimed at decongesting the campsite.

The people leaving the camp are part of a group that stage a go-slow recently complaining of unfavourable living conditions in the camp, local online website, Hivisasa reports.

Operations at the camp were paralysed three weeks ago following protests by the host community against United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), demanding several issues to be addressed, the report said.

300 more refugees are expected to be repatriated back to Somalia before January.

Since December 2014, when the voluntary return exercise was officially launched, more than 75,000 Somalis have returned from Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp with a population of 260,923 refugees and asylum seekers as of 28/02/2017

Less than a year ago the camp was being threatened with closure by Kenya’s government due to security concerns. The government later stated that repatriation will be on a voluntary basis.