Africa

Christians Rally to Keep World's Largest Refugee Camp Open

The country’s plans to close a 25-year-old camp would displace more than 300,000 East African refugees.
Christians Rally to Keep World's Largest Refugee Camp Open
Dadaab 2010

Christian humanitarian groups are among the 11 charitable organizations calling on Kenya to reverse its decision to close the largest refugee camp in the world.

More than 320,000 displaced people face an unstable future after the country, the second-largest refugee host in Africa, announced plans to shut down the camp and its Department of Refugee Affairs, which has already disbanded.

At least half of Kenya’s refugees live in Dadaab, a sprawling, 25-year-old settlement along Kenya’s eastern border with Somalia, where families have fled from drought, famine, and terror threats.

More than 70 World Vision staff work in Kenyan refugee camps; in Dadaab, they distribute food to families, including nutrient-dense rations to treat children suffering from malnutrition.

“We know from working with these refugees that they have lived with uncertainty their whole lives, and this latest announcement just hits them again,” said Dickens Thune, World Vision Kenya’s national director. ...

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