Somali refugees stranded by Trump travel ban
At least 100 Somali refugees previously cleared for resettlement in the US are stranded in Kenya in the wake of President Trump's travel ban. The refugees now face an uncertain future as they wait at a transit center run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Nairobi. They are mostly from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, which currently shelters nearly 300,000 and is considered the world's largest. Trump's order has forced the IOM to cancel "all flights for refugees till further notice," said Christelle van Rosmalen, resettlement officer at the UN refugee agency UNHCR at Dadaab.
The High Court of Kenya on Feb. 9 struck down a government order to close the Dadaab camp and have the residents repatriated to Somalia. The court said the government failed to prove Somalia is safe, and that the order had been issued without consulting the people who would be affected. (Jurist, Al Jazeera, Feb. 9; DW, Feb. 4)