A United Nations refugee camp from which hundreds of Shariah-compliant Somali migrants are sent to the United States every month for permanent resettlement has been ordered shut down by its host country.
The government of Kenya has said “no more” to the burgeoning refugee movement that has been spilling across its borders since the 1990s.
It announced it will take action to close two camps, including the Dadaab camp near its border with Somalia that is considered one of the world’s largest refugee centers, housing 328,000 Somalis. The other at Kakuma houses 190,000 refugees from South Sudan.
The Kenyan government also disbanded its Department of Refugee Affairs, which worked with humanitarian organizations for the welfare of the refugees.
“The message is clear; we are closing the camps and we will not accept more refugees in the country,” Mwenda Njoka, interior ministry spokesman, told DW.com.
Njoka added that the new regulations were primarily aimed at Somali refugees, who are coming from a nation with an active jihadist uprising being carried out by al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaida.
The government said the camps have been a drag on its economy and a threat to its national security.
Human rights groups have responded with condemnation.
But the government, which threatened to shut down the camps a year ago after al-Shabab terrorists launched an attack on a group of 147 Christian students at a Kenyan university, appears determined to follow through this time in the face of enormous pressure from leftist human rights groups to keep the camps open.
Kenyan Interior Ministry official Karanja Kibicho called Dadaab a “breeding ground” for al-Shabab terrorist fighters and Kenya has been trying to close it down since 2013. But the United Nations and its army of human rights activists counter by saying the Kenyan government has never presented any proof that terror attacks are actually being launched from the camp.
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