(WASHINGTON TIMES) DADAAB REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya — As dawn breaks in this dusty and sprawling settlement of 350,000 people, residents of the world’s largest refugee camp trek along main roads, carrying bags as they head to the markets to open up for business following early-morning prayers.
Shop owners hawk cellphones, clothing, goat meat, milk and other staples in the humid air scented by spiced tea and diesel. The market, run by refugees, is thriving, part of a bustling, massive pop-up “city” that over the years has become a regional commercial hub, but one that the Kenyan government now wants to dismantle.
In the face of intense criticism from Somalia and international bodies, Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaisserry announced last month that Nairobi will close what is now the refugee camp at Dadaab and repatriate the mostly Somali refugees, saying the massive settlement harbors terrorists.
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