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Kenya and Refugee Camps

Beginning in 1991-2, Somali Bantus fleeing violence in the Jubba Valley walked to the Kenyan border, where they found refuge in several large refugee camps. The largest refugee camp was Dadaab. Because Somali Bantus experienced high levels of violence and discrimination in Dadaab, many were later moved to Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya in anticipation of their resettlement to the US.  The resettlement process divided most families, as some refugees were accepted for resettlement while others were rejected. Kakuma and Dadaab remain home to thousands of Somali Bantu refugees who are unable to return to Somalia  and hope to be resettled in other countries.                                                                   


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