Kenya’s decision to open Ifo Two camp welcomed

Running out of space: Somali refugees arrive in Kenya at an alarming rate, overflowing camps and stretching resources

Kenya's decision to open the Ifo Two extension at the Dadaab refugee complex near the border with Somalia has been welcomed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

One thousand three hundred refugees have been arriving there every day – fleeing conflict and drought in Somalia.

Kenya had refused to open the camp.

Adrian Edwards, UNHCR Spokesman, says the opening of the extension is important for easing congestion at Dadaab.

"It is an extremely welcome development that this has happened. I think we'll have to see how it works out but at the moment our understanding is that this is likely to ease the situation primarily for new arrivals at the camp so that, in other words, it will prevent the congestion increasing further in the short term."

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UN welcomes opening of new camp for Somali refugees in Kenya

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