MSF urges Kenya not to shut down Dadaab refugee camp


MSF urges Kenya not to shut down Dadaab refugee camp

Al Jazeera And Agencies, 07 May 2016

Medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF) has urged the Kenyan government to reconsider its decision to shut down the Dadaab refugee camp, warning that closure would risk the lives of more than 300,000 refugees.

In a statement released late on Friday, Liesbeth Aelbrecht, MSF head of mission in Kenya, said the move to close the world's largest refugee camp "once more highlighted the continued and blatant neglect of millions of refugees around the world".

"MSF is urging the government to reconsider this call, and - alongside the international organisations already present in the camp - to continue to provide humanitarian assistance and ensure acceptable living conditions for the hundreds of thousands of people who desperately need it."

Earlier on Friday, the Kenyan government said that it would close two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, due to security and economic challenges.