Dadaab, Kakuma refugee camps in Kenya to be closed

The Kenyan government has ordered the closure of Dadaab, Kakuma refugee camps in the Northern part of the country.  

Fred Matiang’i, the interior minister, has now given the UNHCR 14 days to draw up a plan for the closure of both Dadaab and Kakuma, his ministry said in a tweet, adding that there was no room for further talks on the issue. 

UNHCR urged Kenya to ensure that those who need protection continue to get it, and pledged to keep engaging in a dialogue. 

“The decision would have an impact on the protection of refugees in Kenya, including in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement. 

Dadaab Refugee camp, located in the semi-arid town of Garissa County, is one of the largest and complex camps in the world. 

Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in Turkana County and is among the largest refugee camps in the world.  

The camp was established in 1992 and is jointly managed by the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs and UNHCR.  

The camp was established in 1992 and is jointly managed by the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs and UNHCR.  

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