The British government has announced an additional Sh2.7 billion (£20 million) for the voluntary return of refugees to Somalia from Kenya.

“This new funding will go directly to helping Somali refugees return home from Dadaab, in a way which is safe, voluntary, dignified, and allows them to build a better future for themselves and their families,” British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey said.

Of this, Sh529 million will be spent in Kenya to identify and register Somali refugees who want to return, and provide safe routes of transport from Kenya.

The remainder of the funds will go into providing shelter, hygiene kits and the essentials for people to return and resume a normal life in Somalia.

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