Kenyan police officers deployed at Somali refugee camps

Dadaab complex

More Kenyan police officers are being deployed to enhance security at the Dadaab complex hosting over 460,000 Somali refugees, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

On Thursday last week, gunmen abducted two Spanish aid workers and their Kenyan colleagues.

UNHCR spokesman, Andrej Mahecic says his agency and its partners have continued to provide life-saving assistance to the refugees following that incident.

"Together with the World Food Programme, we are distributing emergency food rations and relief supplies to recent arrivals. Water trucking to the new sites is ongoing while all three hospitals in Ifo, Dagahaley and Hagadera camps are providing health care to the refugees. Primary schools are being run by teachers recruited among the refugee population in the camps. We are working with the Kenyan authorities to urgently deploy more policemen in the camps to enhance security measures for refugees and for aid workers alike."

Dadaab is the world's biggest refugee complex of sprawling camps hosting more than 463,000 refugees.

Over 190,000 of the refugees arrived this year after fleeing insecurity and famine in Somalia.

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