UNHCR alarmed over se­cu­rity in­ci­dents at Dadaab


Last De­cem­ber, UNHCR stated it was alarmed by a string of re­cent se­cu­rity in­ci­dents tar­get­ing the Dadaab refugee com­plex in north­ern Kenya. Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee set­tle­ment and shel­ters more than 4,60,000 peo­ple. An ex­plo­sion at the Ha­gadera camp had killed one per­son and se­ri­ously injured two po­lice of­fi­cers. An­other im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice went off on later near the mar­ket at Ifo camp.

In to­tal there have been four such in­ci­dents at Dadaab since Oc­to­ber when three aid work­ers were kid­napped. As a re­sult three Kenyan po­lice of­fi­cers have been killed and four oth­ers wounded. There have also been threats against hu­man­i­tar­ian agen­cies work­ing in Dadaab. “We are deeply con­cerned for the well-be­ing and safety of So­mali refugees in Dadaab, most of whom are women, chil­dren and el­derly,” said An­tónio Guter­res, the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees.

As re­cently as July, a fire broke out and large quan­ti­ties of food- stuffs and other goods were de­stroyed by a fire on July 29 at the main mar­ket in one of the camps mak­ing up Dadaab refugee com­plex in eastern Kenya. Of­fi­cials said that 24 x 7 se­cu­rity mon­i­tor­ing at the camps was needed.

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