Somali refugees helped to return home

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Somali refugees board a plane to return to Mogadishu from Dadaab camp in Kenya. Photo: UNHCR/A.Nasrullah

One hundred Somali refugees living in Kenya have been voluntarily repatriated according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The refugees were flown to the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday from Dadaab camp.

Maria Carlino reports.

Kenya is hosting more than 470,000 Somali refugees, the majority of whom are in the large Dadaab refugee complex in the north-east of the country.

The camp has been open for more than 20 years and has provided refuge for people fleeing conflict and drought conditions in neighbouring Somalia.

Now, UNHCR has said that a small number have decided to finally go home.

Here's the agency's spokesperson, Emmanuel Nyabera.

"It has to be well organised, we don't want people to cross the border and the rest of them to go. Most who are interested in going back, those who have decided to go back, we try and give them the powers to go back."

In April, the Kenyan government said it wanted to close the camp, but it remains open for the time being.

Maria Carlino, United Nations

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