UN assists Kenya in repatriation for Somali refugees

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Residents of the world’s largest refugee camp are preparing to go home. Kenya is shutting down the Dadaab camp, in the country’s far north-east. Home to almost 300,000 Somalis, however, it was considered too expensive and risky by Kenya. So what awaits the Dadaab refugees back in Somalia?

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UN assists Kenya in repratriationto for Somali refugees

UN assists Kenya in repratriationto for Somali refugees

UN officials are working with Kenyan and local authorities to help the repatriation.But coping with so many coming back in such a short period is straining already thin resources.

Ahmed Abdi Mukhtar should be in school, but he is supporting his family – by sewing clothes.

Until recently he lived in Dadaab, the sprawling refugee camp over the border in Kenya. Ten days ago, he came back to Somalia with his mother and eight siblings. They now live in a temporary camp.

The 14-year-old Ahmed has all but given up on completing his education, and he is only among thousands who have come back from Dadaab this year.

UN officials are working with Kenyan and local authorities to help the repatriation. But coping with so many coming back in such a short period is straining already thin resources.

And this is just the start of the repatriation, for Kenya wants Dadaab shut in a few months.

If the shutdown does go ahead, hundreds of thousands more will be coming back,and very little hope awaits them here.


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