Dadaab Refugee Camp Remains Open

In May of 2016, the Kenyan government announced plans to close Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp and a sprawling pseudo-city near its border with Somalia. This week, Kenya's highest court has ruled against the government's plans.

High Court Judge John M. Mativo said in the decision that the plans violate the international legal principle of non-refoulment, described in the 1951 Refugee Convention. States must therefore not return any refugee to "the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion." 

The Kenyan government has said that it plans to appeal the decision.

For more on the decision itself, its historical context, and future implications, see a range of articles in NPR, The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, The Independent, BBC, Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)and The Star of Kenya.  

2012 Aerial View of Dadaab, Northern Kenya (Ben Curtis/AP)

2012 Aerial View of Dadaab, Northern Kenya (Ben Curtis/AP)