80% of kenyans want Dadaab camp closed ,Survey indicates

80% of kenyans want Dadaab camp closed ,Survey indicates

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Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: A survey conducted recently indicate that 80 percent of Kenyans are of the view that Dadaab refugee camp should be closed and refugees who have been residing in the camp relocated to Somalia.

“Citizens are also largely in favour of the closure of the Dadaab Refugee Camp. Among those who are
aware of this plan (64%), 8 out of 10 (80%) support the decision.”The report indicated.

The survey which was conducted by Twaweza East Africa indicated that the refugee camp is supposed to be closed as it poses security threats to the country.

The findings indicated that 8 out of 10 citizens think that Al‐Shabaab are still a threat to the country’s
security.

Majority of Kenyans (70%) feel that Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) should be withdrawn from Somalia while half of citizens (53%) want the troops to be deployed to Kenyan borders.

“The debate rages as to whether we should withdraw our troops from Somalia. Citizens have voiced their views clearly – they believe in KDF’s preparedness to protect them but they would rather troops were brought home to protect our borders.” John Mugo, Director of Data and Voice at Twaweza, said

During the findings ,56 percent of Kenyans singled out unemployment as a major reason for the growing appeal of radical groups in Kenya .

Other reasons, including the influence of social media or radical clerics, each cited by fewer than 5% of Kenyans.

The survey revealed that Kenyans are also concerned about radical groups co-opting family members in their activities; half (49%) are very worried that these groups may attempt to recruit their family members and a significant minority of 7% of citizens actually know of someone who has been recruited.

The findings were released by Twaweza East Africa, in a research brief titled ” The roots of radicalization.”

The findings are based on data collected from 1,801 respondents across Kenya in August and September 2016.

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