Dadaab refugee camp

On May 6 the Kenyan government announced that it planned to close all its refugee camps including Dadaab, the world’s largest, with 600,000 residents, by May next year.

The World Today Updated 27 November 2020 Published 27 May 2016 1 minute READ

A government statement cited ‘very heavy’ economic, security and environmental issues, and the growing influence of the terror group Al Shabaab inside the camp. It noted that in Europe, ‘rich, prosperous and democratic countries are turning away refugees from Syria, one of the worst war zones since 1945’. Here are five facts about Dadaab:

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