UN: Somali refugees helped to return home from Kenya

New York, US (PANA) - One hundred Somali refugees living in Kenya have been voluntarily
repatriated, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

A UNHCR update made available to PANA in New York on Wednesday stated that
the refugees were flown to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday from Dadaab
camp in Kenya.

Kenya is hosting more than 470,000 Somali refugees, the majority of whom
are in the large Dadaab refugee complex in the northeast of the country. The
camp has been open for more than 20 years and has provided refuge for people fleeing
conflict and drought conditions in neighbouring Somalia.

A small number of the Somali refugees recently indicated their intention
to finally go home and the UN agency decided to facilitate their voluntary return.

UNHCR spokesperson Emmanuel Nyabera said: "It has to be well organized, we
don't want people to cross the border and the rest of them to go. Most who are interested
in going back, those who have decided to go back, we try and give them the powers to
go back."

In April, the Kenyan government said it wanted to close the camp due to suspicion that Al-Shabaab terrorists may be hiding there, but it remains open.
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