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In Kenya, UNHCR agrees on a roadmap to repatriate refugees – KBC

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President Kenyatta said Kenya was committed to finding a humane and sustainable solution to the refugee crisis in Kenya and the region.

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Kenya and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed on a patriotic approach to refugees in the Kakuma and Dadaab camps.

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The roadmap includes provisions for voluntary safe return for refugees to their countries, departure to third countries under various programs, and alternative ways to stay in Kenya for refugees from member states of the East African Community (EAC).

The plan, which will be implemented by a government team and UNHCR officials, was approved on Thursday evening during a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi who paid a courtesy call at the State House, Nairobi.

At the meeting, also attended by the Chief of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua, and Cabinet Secretaries Amb Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Dr Fred Matiang’i (Home Affairs), President Kenyatta said Kenya was committed to finding a solution to humanitarian and sustainable development for the refugee challenge in Kenya and the region.

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At a separate meeting, also at the White House in Nairobi, President Kenyatta met with Dr Mariam Alsadiaq Almahdi, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Sudan Abdalla Hamdok.

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Dr Almahdi, who is also his country’s Foreign Minister, conveyed a special message from Prime Minister Hamdok to President Kenyatta.

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