Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The UN refugee agency said
Tuesday that it has repatriated some 49,376 Somali refugees in
Kenya since the return exercise begun in December 2014.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) said in its bi-weekly update that out of the figure,
some 10,062 were supported in 2017 alone.
“The number of flights has been
significantly increased as it remains the only mean of
transportation to Somalia. Returns movements by air are
organized to Mogadishu, Kismayu and Baidoa,” it said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
According to the UNHCR, road convoys
were also organized from Dadaab in northeast Kenyan camp to
Dhobley in Somalia respectively on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
“For the time being, flights from
Dadaab to Somalia remain suspended owing to the security
alerts in Mogadishu since December 23, 2016,” it said.
The UNHCR said a total number of
persons relocated to Kakuma/Kalobeyei camp in northwest Kenya
was 2,431 as of Feb. 13. Out of this number, 2,220 were
relocated since the resumption of the relocation process on Jan.
The report came after two UN agencies
last week warned that critical shortages in food assistance are
affecting some 2 million refugees in ten African countries.
The UNHCR and WFP warned that the
shortages could worsen in coming months without new resources to
meet food needs.
According to the UN agencies, ten
refugee operations in Africa have experienced cuts affecting the
quantity and quality of food assistance for approximately 2
The agencies said food rations have
been dramatically cut, in some cases by up to 50 percent, in
large operations including in Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Mauritania,
South Sudan and Uganda.