NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan government official says it has a goal of getting 100,000 Somali refugees to voluntarily go back home by the end of the year.
Government officials have blamed refugee camps in Kenya for the rise in extremism in the country. Following an extremist attack on a university in which 148 people, mostly students, died on April 2 in Kenya’s eastern region, Deputy President William Ruto gave the U.N. refugee agency three months to close a camp in Kenya’s east where over 300,000 Somali refugees live.
In apparent subsequent softening of the government’s stance, Harun Komen, the acting commissioner for refugee affairs, says the government wants the repatriation to be voluntarily and organized.
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