Dadaab to Somalia: Pushed back into peril

This report highlights the concerns and challenges faced by Somali refugees living in the Dadaab camps in Kenya, as the Kenyan government plans to close the camps. The report emphasizes the potential dangers and risks faced by the refugees if they are forced to return to Somalia, which continues to be plagued by conflict and lacks essential services. The closure of the camps raises concerns about the safety and well-being of the refugees, as they may lose access to basic necessities and services. Urgent intervention and support are needed to address the humanitarian crisis and ensure the protection of the refugees.


The Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, currently home to 277,000 people, are set to close by the end of 2016. The Kenyan government cites economic, security, and environmental concerns as reasons for the closure. However, a survey conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reveals that the majority of refugees are unwilling to return to Somalia, their country of origin. The survey found that 86% of respondents were unwilling to go back to Somalia, with 97% expressing concerns about the risk of sexual violence and forced recruitment into armed groups. Additionally, 84.8% believed that health services would not be available in Somalia.

The refugees in Dadaab have been living in limbo for 25 years, unable to work or integrate into Kenyan society. While conditions in the camps are far from ideal, they provide a relatively safe environment with access to education and healthcare. MSF argues that the conditions necessary for a safe and dignified return to Somalia are not present, as the country is still plagued by conflict, lack of basic services, and acute food shortages. MSF urges the Kenyan government to reconsider the closure and provide alternatives that prioritize the health, security, and dignity of the refugees.


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