Sabahi (Washington, DC)

20 December 2013

Somalia: UN Refugee Agency Registers More Than 78 Somali Families for Repatriation

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has registered more than 78 Somali families since it opened a voluntary repatriation office in Dadaab refugee complex last week, Radio Ergo reported Wednesday (December 18th).

The office, established under a tripartite agreement between Somalia, Kenya and UNHCR, is now registering Somalis going back to Luq, Baidoa and Kismayo cities located in Gedo, Bay and Lower Juba regions respectively.

Refugees wishing to return to other areas in Somalia have also attempted to register, but the office has not been able to assist them.

Aden Adow Ismail, a former El Waq resident in Gedo region and a father of eight who has been in the camp for three years, said he was ready to return home.

"We do not get enough food here and there is no job available," Ismail said. "But back at home, there are families and friends who might get a job for me."

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