Kenyan Court Blocks Plan to Close Dadaab Refugee Camp

More than a quarter of a million Somali refugees got a huge break on Thursday.

A Kenyan judge ruled that the Kenyan government’s contentious plan to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, was “illegal” and “discriminatory,” and that the refugees could not be forcefully relocated.

For years, Kenya has threatened to shut the sprawling camp, a crowded, sweltering realm near Kenya’s border with Somalia that has been a refuge for desperate people since Somalis began fleeing to Kenya in 1991, when their country was plunged into civil war.

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This article first appeared in the New York Times on Feb. 9, 2017