The refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, hosts hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees.
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Kenya's plan to close the world's largest refugee camp could be a bid to trigger more international aid as well as a "cynical" political move ahead of presidential elections, according to analysts and NGOs.The sprawling Dadaab camp, located on the Kenya-Somalia border, hosts almost 350,000 refugees, the vast majority of whom are Somalis fleeing conflict.Kenya has already twice threatened to shut down Dadaab, and Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said Friday that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta assured him that Nairobi would abide by its "international obligations"."Kenya wants more money, as a host country for refugees, to build schools and roads in northeast Kenya, to reinforce security around the camps," said Ben Lawrence, author of the book "City of Thorns" which recounts the lives of refugees in Dadaab.He noted that the last time that Kenya threatened to close Dadaab, in April 2015, the United States promised the country $45 million.
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