Kenya today refused to open a refugee camp for East Africans fleeing drought. Kenya has taken Somalia’s refugees for more than a decade, but it has appeared to literally draw a line in the sand. Dadaab’s three existing camps were designed to house 90,000 people. Today, there are almost 400,000 people crammed into them and more than 1,400 arrive each day.
There’s a camp already built, but Kenya won’t open it because of “security concerns.” So thousands of refugees have camped outside of it instead.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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