Court Blocks Repatriation of Refugees From Kenya's Largest Camps

The high court has temporarily blocked the government from repatriating refugees and asylum seekers dwelling at Kakuma and Dadaab camps. Justice Anthony Mrima issued the order following a petition filed by rights advocacy group Kituo Cha Sheria, challenging Interior minister Fred Matiang'i's announcement on the government's intention to shut the two refugee camps. The camps host more than 400,000 people mainly from Somalia but also from countries such as South Sudan and Ethiopia. The U.S. has implored Kenya to relax its planned closure of refugee camps even as Washington promised more funding to help those fleeing conflict in the region.


Refugees wait to collect food at a centre in Kakuma camp in Kenya (file photo).

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