UNHCR repatriates over 6000 Somali refugees from Kenya's camp
22 January 2016, 22:10
Nairobi - The UN refugee agency said
Wednesday it has repatriated more than 6,000 Somali refugees on a voluntary
basis from the Dadaab settlement in northeast Kenya to areas in southwest of
Somalia which have been pacified.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said some 248
returnees were assisted to return by flight to Mogadishu and Baidoa in
southwest Somalia in December.
"During the month of December, 248 returnees were
assisted to return by flight to Mogadishu and Baidoa. In total and as of
December 31 2015, 6,101 Somali refugees returned home since December 8, 2014,
when UNHCR started supporting voluntary return of Somali refugees in
Kenya," UNHCR said in its latest report.
According to UNHCR, the first repatriation flight to Baidoa,
was organized on Dec. 7, taking 63 refugees from Dadaab camps which marked
exactly one year since the first road convoy of Somali refugees left.
So far the UN refugee agency has managed to repatriate 3,900
refugees by road and 2,201 others by air to Mogadishu and other areas in
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During the reporting period, new born registration was carried
out across all camps, 869 babies issued with birth certificates were
registered; out of the 869 new born registered 37 were assigned in-situ (birth)
"As a result, compared to an annual performance target
of 15,550 children registered and issued documentation under regular birth
registration procedure, a total of 10,646 children have been registered as at
December 31, 2015, representing 68.46 percent of progress towards the
target," UNHCR said.
The UN agency said 76 new refugees were registered by
Kenya's Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) and subsequently registered by
"The new arrivals registered were relocated cases from
Nairobi who adduced the DRA registration forms while others were identified as
vulnerable cases and were registered on protection grounds," it said.
Kenya, Somalia and the UNHCR in 2013 reached a tripartite
agreement for the voluntary return of these refugees to Somalia by the end of
The UNHCR argues Somalia is still insecure and there are
still insufficient social amenities to accommodate all of them.