UNHCR  warns Kenya of humanitarian consequences of closing Dadaab camp for Somalis

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A young Somali refugee stands next to her family's shelter at the new Ifo-extension in Dadaab on 31 July 2011.
Dadaab is Africa’s biggest refugee camp, home to at least 350,000 Somali refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has warned Kenya that closing the Dadaab refugee camp would have “extreme humanitarian consequences.”

The Kenyan government believes al-Shabab militants who killed 148 people at Garissa University hid in the camp.

Africa’s biggest refugee camps hosts around 350,000 Somali refugees and the UNHCR says it is not possible for them to return home safely.

Under international law Kenya cannot forcibly return the refugees.

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto said on Saturday that the UNHCR had three months to close Dadaab or Kenya would “relocate them ourselves”.

Dadaab was set up in 1991 to house families fleeing conflict in Somalia. Some people have been living there for more than 20 years.

Family members of Anjela Nyokabi who was killed at the Garissa university attack, (FromL), her mother Regina Nyambura Githakwa, her brother Samuel Kimata, and her father (2R) Raphael Githakwa Kimata, attend her funeral on 10 April 2015
The al-Shabab attack on Garissa University killed 148 people, mostly students

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