Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
- Somalia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Somalia: Drought - 2015-2018
Maps & Infographics
Since the early 1990s, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have used this road to escape the fighting and find refuge in Dadaab, which today hosts 209,606 refugees.
Dadaab has 22 primary and six secondary schools, 22 early childhood education centres and nine alternative basic education centres.
It is easier for boys to remain in school than it is for girls. For instance, when girls start menstruating, many opt to drop out even though some schools offer sanitary pads.
By NG'ANG'A MBUGUA
From the sky, the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa County looks like a tuft of green hair in the balding savannah that is the northern part of Kenya.
Sporadic clouds throw black splotches that look like burn scars on the pale peach-hued earth. To the sympathetic eye, the camp looks like an oasis in the middle of the parched land that stretches to the Kenya-Somalia border where terrorism has interrupted the rhythm of life.
By NG'ANG'A MBUGUA
The road leading to Hagadera in the Dadaab Refugee Complex is wide, straight and dusty.
Inside the camp, where tin and mud-walled houses are shielded from the wind by dry twig fences, the road narrows as it winds its way to the block E6 dispensary in the heart of the camp.
This is the first day of the round one vaccination campaign against polio in 12 high-risk counties, including Garissa.
The latest round targets children under five years, who will get the bivalent oral polio vaccine.
Head of operations at UNHCR Dadaab camp Jean Bosco Rushatsi said nobody is putting pressure on the refugees to go back home.
So far, a total of 80,144 refugees have been assisted to go back to Somalia from Kenya on a voluntary basis.
Officials in Dadaab have recorded a slower repatriation process for the last one year.
By ABDIMALIK HAJIR
Torrential rains, which began early in March - have since turned disastrous, killing hundreds of people and animals, displacing thousands others and destroying acres of farmlands.
But as the heavy rains pound and flooding continues in various parts of the region the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) remains confident that the situation is still at manageable levels.
By KEVIN J. KELLEY
NEW YORK/UNITED NATIONS
The Kenyan government is disputing allegations in a new United Nations report that its forces were responsible for 40 civilian deaths in Somalia during a 22-month period ending in mid-October.
The report issued on Sunday states that air strikes carried out by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) were “allegedly responsible for 42 civilian casualties (36 killed, six injured).”
By EUNICE OMOLLO
The MPs, drawn from seven countries in Africa, met in Nairobi last week, where they also declared to harmonise their legislations and coordinate interventions to accelerate the abandonment of FGM in the region.
US to assist Kenya and the UN in their joint effort to repatriate 150,000 Somalis
The United States plans to assist Kenya and the United Nations in their joint effort to repatriate 150,000 Somalis from the Dadaab refugee camps this year, a State Department official said on Wednesday.
As part of this additional assistance, the US intends to contribute to a forthcoming special UN appeal focused on the Dadaab repatriations, said Margaret McKelvey, director of the Africa aid office in the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
Chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, and end-stage cancers, are also on the rise.
- Thousands of other Somalis were arriving at Dadaab each month, weak from the long walk and too little to eat.
- One in five of the newly arrived children were severely malnourished.
- Last year saw a major outbreak of cholera in the camp, and there are regular cases of measles, mainly among new arrivals from Somalia.
- Mental health conditions among the population are very common.
By MELAT HAILLE
Mr Grandi said the population of non-Somalis at Daadab was estimated at 60,000.
- Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the exercise will enable authorities to establish the exact number of people in the camps and their true status and identities.
By LILLIAN MUTAVI and KEVIN J. KELLEY
The government has launched an exercise to establish the identity of all residents of Dadaab refugee camp.
This comes in the wake of the enhanced voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees staying in Kenya.
Among the insiders, there are whispers of al-Shabaab sleeper cells inside the camp.
By JACQUELINE KUBANIA
Return of refugees portends both hope and anxiety as some start leaving ahead of May, 2017 deadline.
The heaviest baggage the refugees will carry will not be the blankets and food rations given to them by the UN, but the burden of expectation, both for themselves and their children, about what the future will hold for them when they return home.
Going back to Somalia will mean lost livelihoods for refugees, who have invested heavily in Dadaab camp.
By JACQUELINE KUBANIA
So vibrant is Hagadera that it has attracted traders from all over the country, who have set up stalls selling every imaginable merchandise.
Even more impressive is the way the refugees have engineered a solution to one of their most pressing problems at the camp: electricity supply.
The parties involved are determined to resettle Dadaab residents, but in a dignified, orderly way.
- Regardless of recent tension invoked by irresponsible media reports, it was clear from all partners that there was a determination to, YES, return Somali refugees home but to do it in a way that is dignified, orderly and in line with all international laws and existing agreements.
***By LUCAS BARASA*
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The two countries, together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are overseeing the programme for the voluntary return of refugees to Somalia, called the "Plan of Action".
Of this amount, €50 million will go towards reintegration of the refugees and internally displaced people in Somalia by providing schools, clinics and social centres in addition to giving returnees tokens for livelihoods.
By AGGREY MUTAMBO
By MANASE OTSIALO
The government has warned of an impending drought in Mandera.
Poor long-term rains in April-May in Mandera is likely to cause a severe drought in the coming months, according to National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).
Speaking at NDMA offices in Mandera Town, the county drought information officer Hussein Ibrahim said only a few parts of the county received near-normal rainfall while others recorded no rainfall.
By ABDIMALIK HAJIR
Business in Dadaab Sub-County was paralysed for the better part of Monday morning after hundreds of residents took to the streets in a protest against humanitarian agencies.
The angry residents were demonstrating against what they claimed were dismissals of local employees by the relief agencies.
The protesters, who carried placards while denouncing the World Food Programme (WFP), marched towards the gate of the UNHCR regional headquarters and camped there for several hours.
By NATION REPORTER
The repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp will resume this week.
The relocation was suspended due to heavy rains that affected roads, according to the Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Haron Komen.
So far 2,050 Somali refugees who were living in Dadaab camp, the world’s largest refugee camp, had been repatriated up to early April when the exercise was put on hold.
Mr Komen said on Friday that the number of refugees to be repatriated will increase when the exercise resumes next week.
The camp, which at one time hosted up to 450,000 refugees, has been in existence since 1991 when Somalia fell among warlords, famine and, later, terrorists.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said “fundamental problems” in Somalia are yet to be solved for refugees to return home.
"I am confident that Dadaab will remain open while we work through a plan on how people will be able to go home, by doing our job and finishing our task in Somalia and in South Sudan,” he says