World Refugee Day Marked Across Dadaab Camps
- Protecting refugees and a continued search for durable solutions to the refugee crisis took centre stage at the World Refugee Day celebrations marked on 20 June 2017. In song and dance, poems and speeches, refugees pleaded with the international community to continue supporting them in their quest for a normal and better life.
“Kenya and UNHCR have been like our parents for the last 26 years. We continue to request donors and other well-wishers to continue funding Dadaab so that we can continue to receive vital services like maternal and child healthcare,” said Mama Rukia, who lives in Ifo 1, a part of Dadaab.
Across all the camps, school children, the disabled and minority groups prepared a variety of activities and performances. Some of them touched on voluntary repatriation to Somalia, others on the relocation of refugees to Kalobeyei settlement, in Turkana, north western Kenya, as a possible durable solution for Dadaab refugees. The Kalobeyei settlement is a new location where refugees and the host community live a more integrated life.
World Refugee Day took place a day after new figures were released by UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency showing that at the end of 2016, the global refugee population had risen to 65.6 million people – some 300,000 more than a year earlier.