Kenya orders closure of two refugee camps, provides ultimatum to UN company
The Dadaab and the Kakuma refugee camps in northern Kenya collectively host greater than 410,000 individuals, a small proportion of whom are from South Sudan.
Authorities in Nairobi first introduced their intention to close the Dadaab camp, which is nearer to the border with Somalia than Kakuma, again in 2016, citing nationwide safety issues.
Fred Matiang’i, the inside minister, has now given the UNHCR 14 days to attract up a plan for the closure of each Dadaab and Kakuma, his ministry stated in a tweet, including that there was no room for additional talks on the difficulty.
UNHCR urged Kenya to make sure that those that want safety proceed to get it, and pledged to maintain partaking in a dialogue.
“The choice would have an effect on the safety of refugees in Kenya, together with within the context of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic,” it stated in an announcement.
Somali authorities didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
The Kenyan authorities’s try to shut Dadaab in 2016 was knowledgeable by intelligence reviews displaying two massive assaults on Kenyan targets in 2013 and 2015 happened with the involvement of components within the camps. The plan was blocked by the excessive court docket, which referred to as the transfer unconstitutional.
The camp was established three a long time in the past and was as soon as the world’s largest refugee camp, which at its peak hosted over half 1,000,000 individuals fleeing violence and drought in Somalia.
Kakuma, situated within the northwest, is residence to greater than 190,000 refugees, some drawn from neighboring South Sudan.
Kenyan authorities knowledgeable UNCHR on Tuesday it will take the refugees to the border with Somalia if the camps should not closed, the Day by day Nation newspaper reported. The inside ministry advised Reuters that the reporting was correct.
Kenya’s transfer comes as relations with Somalia worsen, after Mogadishu lower diplomatic ties with Nairobi final December, accusing it of interfering in its inside affairs.
The 2 nations are additionally going through off on the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice over a maritime boundary dispute, though Kenya has boycotted the listening to of the case.
Kenya’s inside ministry advised Reuters the transfer to shut the camps was not associated to diplomatic difficulties with Somalia.