Court stops closure of largest refugee camp

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The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government’s bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world.

Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya is the largest refugee camp in the world. Currently around 260,000 Somali refugees live there and last year a law was passed to close it down.

The deadline for its closure had been extended until May, but a high court judge ruled the decision was an act of group persecution.

The government said it would appeal against the ruling on security grounds.

Amnesty International welcomed the ruling, and said it affirmed Kenya’s legal obligation to protect people who sought safety from harm and persecution.

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  1. Can’t say if I agree not! 🙁 It’ll be sad for all the Somali refugees to have to move though

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