Op Ed | Somali Refugees Left in Kenya’s Dadaab Face Dangerous Choices

Published August 31 2016
By , Newsweek

Hot, dusty wind has constantly passed through the thatch and thorn of Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps since they opened in the early 1990s.

In May, however, a new wind created a chill among the estimated 340,000 mostly Somali refugees living here when President Uhuru Kenyatta declared that Dadaab would be closed by the end of 2016.

After the announcement, Kenyan authorities, together with officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), stepped up a program to identify and process refugees willing to go back to Somalia.

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