UNHCR TO HAND OVER DADAAB REFUGEE CAMP ASSETS TO KENYAN GOVERNMENT

NAIROBI– The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will soon hand over shs 1.1 billion worth infrastructure to the Kenya government and the host community.

This follows the closure of two camps in the expansive Dadaab refugee camp.

Head of Operations at UNHCR Dadaab Jean Bosco Rushatsi said the assets which includes several fully furnished hospitals and schools were left behind after refugees in Ifo 2 and Kambi Os were assisted to go back to their homeland.

Rushatsi said a refugee camp is considered closed when last alien leaves either on repatriation or is moved to another camp.

We are in a constructive dialogue with both county and national government to see how soon we can organize official handing over ceremony. The refugees were welcomed by the Kenya people and whatever is left behind we are eager to hand over to them, he said.

Kambi Os was closed on March last year while Ifo 2 was closed last month.

These are very important infrastructure that the government can use on various education projects including boarding schools, technical, vocational training for the host community, he added.

We appeal for Kenya government and local leadership to put these infrastructures into proper, the official noted.

Dr.Orkhan Nasibov, a senior Public Health Officer with UNHCR said the hospitals in Ifo2 camp has about 100 bed capacity, a maternity wing, emergency room, laboratory, two operations centers, adult ward, pediatric wards, stabilization center and pharmacy block.

He said the hospital is a big facility that needed to be utilized owing to the fact it has modern equipment.

Kenya has repatriated a total of 254,811 refugees to Somalia since 2013. According to a report released by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, during celebrations to mark World Refugee Day, the repatriation was done mainly through airlifting owing to poor roads and insecurity posed by the Al-shabaab militia.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK