Kenya Backs Down From Refugee Camp Closure, For Now
Last month Kenya announced it was closing the largest refugee camp in the world, but now it's taking that back amid pressure from the U.S. and UN.By Kate Grumke | May 7, 2015
The world's largest refugee camp is staying open — for now.
On Wednesday Kenya's president backed down from a threat to close the largest refugee camp in the world, under pressure from the U.S. and the UN, as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the country. (Video via State House)
This week, the U.S. State Department announced it's giving $45 million in additional support to the UN's refugee operations in Kenya. A senior State Department official told reporters, "The refugee element of this trip for the Secretary is to ... urge [the government of Kenya] to continue to uphold those international obligations, particularly in the light of some public threats that have been made to close the Dadaab refugee camp and send Somalis back to Somalia."