UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency’s chief – Filippo Grandi is visiting Kenya’s refugee camps for the first time as the High Commissioner for refugees. While visiting Dadaab camps on Friday, he met with refugees, host community representatives, government officials, UNHCR staff and other workers from various organizations based in Dadaab.

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He also visited a family in Ifo camp (one of the five camps in Dadaab established in 1991). Refugee leaders representing youth, women and other groups thanked the High Commissioner for his efforts in engaging the international community to find solutions for refugees. They however asked him to rally more support for the Dadaab community (both refugees and the host community).

“It should be in the international community’s interest to promote stability in Somalia. A stable Somalia will promote voluntary repatriation.” One of the refugee leaders told him.

The High Commissioner on his part thanked them for their resilience. He told them that the search for durable solutions for refugees has not been easy but UNHCR will continue to work with the Governments of Kenya and Somalia and it will try seek more support from the international community.

“Voluntary repatriation is the most important durable solution for refugees and it it should always happen in conditions of safety and dignity.” He added.

Both the High Commissioner and refugee Representatives thanked the Government of Kenya for its generosity of hosting refugees for many years and its efforts to promote asylum.

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