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UNHCR set to voluntarily repatriate 100 Somalis from Kenya

07 December 2014, 08:31

Nairobi - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it will voluntarily repatriate 100 Somali refugees living in Dadaab camp in northern Kenya on Monday.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a weekly report published on Saturday that preparations for the assistance for voluntary return to Somalia are ongoing.

"The first movement of up to 100 persons is planned to take place on Dec. 8 from Dagahaley camp," the UN refugee agency said.

The nation hosts more than 600,000 refugees from 36 nationalities who flee conflict from the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region.

Somali refugees in Kenya are estimated at 500,000 and the number has increased due to turmoil and recurrent droughts in the Horn of Africa state.

Read Also: UN: Displacement in Eastern Africa has hit 11.4 mln

The planned repatriation of the refugees follows a tripartite Agreement which was signed by Kenya, Somalia and UNHCR in 2013 that establishes a legal framework and other support for Somali refugees in Kenya.

The UNHCR said together with its partners have prepared the necessary documents and put Core Relief Items in place. "In total, four movements of voluntary return are planned to take place in December," UNHCR said.

The Horn of Africa nation has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process after decades of factional fighting, with a series of landmark steps that have helped bring an end to the country's nine-year political transition period and the resulting security vacuum which rendered Somalia one of the most lawless states on the planet.

These steps included the adoption of a Provisional Constitution, the establishment of a new Parliament and the appointments of a new president and a new prime minister.

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- Xinhua


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