Kenya ‘orders closure’ of refugee camps

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The Kenyan authorities have given the UN refugee agency a 14-day ultimatum to close one of the world’s largest refugee camp.

The government has threatened to forcibly repatriate Somali refugees living at Dadaab camp to the border if the deadline elapses.

It also wants UNHCR to shut down the Kakuma camp in the north-west.

Kenya is citing national security threats posed by some of the refugees it says are linked to the Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab.

The directive to shut down the two camps was communicated to UNHCR representative Fathiaa Abdalla in Kenya.