NAIROBI– Kenya has repatriated a total of 254,811 refugees to Somalia since 2013, according to a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to mark World Refugee Day on June 20.
The repatriation was done mainly through airlifts because of the poor roads and lack of security posed by the Al-shabaab militia.
As Kenya join the rest of the world in marking World Refugee Day, calls for tolerance, support and humanitarian assistance to families who have fled their countries resonated in Garissa County in eastern Kenya on the border with Somalia.
According to the UNHCR report, the number of asylum seekers in Kenya declined from 553,900 to 451,100 in 2016, a drop of nearly 20 per cent.
Speaking during Refugee Market Day in Dadaab town in Garissa County, the head of operations in the UNHCR Dadaab sub-office, Jean Bosco Rushatsi, said 4,949 non-Somali refugees had been relocated to Kalobeyei in Kakuma camp from the Dadaab refugee centre.
More than half of the current refugee population of 208,616 in the Dadaab refugee complex operate some small business to supplement rations received from the UNHCR.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK