Kenya may close the world’s largest refugee camp over fear of terrorist activity
This segment originally aired Feb. 9, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.
The high court in Kenya has blocked the government’s bid to close Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world. The Kenyan government had hoped to close Dadaab by the end of November, but as the day approached, the registered refugees living there were given a six-month extension.
The Kenyan government has vowed to fight the ruling and close down the camp — which they say has become a recruiting ground for terrorists.
Dadaab is home to more than 275,000 people, many of whom were displaced after fleeing the Somali civil war in 1991. If the camp were to shut down, the refugees would effectively be homeless and stateless.
So where does a population larger than that of 11 African capital cities go? VICE News reports from the camp and speaks to the people facing an uncertain future.