Dadaab Refugees: An Uncertain Tomorrow

The paper explores the challenges faced by Somali refugees living in the Dadaab camp in Kenya, including poor living conditions and insecurity. It examines the Tripartite Agreement (2013)  between Kenya, Somalia, and UNHCR, which outlines the procedures for voluntary repatriation of refugees to Somalia. The paper emphasizes the importance of ensuring the well-being and protection of refugees and makes recommendations for stakeholders to provide continued assistance and funding even when considering voluntary repatriation.


The paper provides an overview of the Dadaab refugee camp complex in Northern Kenya, home to a large population of Somali refugees. The camps have been in existence for twenty years, and the refugees continue to face fear, insecurity, overcrowding, and limited access to basic services. The executive summary emphasizes the need for adequate aid and protection for Somali refugees in Kenya, while also considering their potential return to Somalia. It highlights the challenges faced by refugees, such as insufficient food rations, security risks, and the closure of registration facilities. The summary calls for prioritizing the provision of aid and protection to Somali refugees while ensuring their voluntary return is not forced due to a reduction in aid.


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