Africa

Nobel Prize winner Malala in world's largest refugee camp

  • Map locates Dabaab, Kenya; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;

    Map locates Dabaab, Kenya; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday July 9, 2011 file photo, Somali refugees walk through an area housing new arrivals, on the outskirts of Hagadera Camp outside Dadaab, Kenya. Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is spending her 19th birthday in Kenya Tuesday July 12, 2016, visiting the world's largest refugee camp to draw attention to the global refugee crisis, especially as Dadaab camp faces pressure to close after a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday July 9, 2011 file photo, Somali refugees walk through an area housing new arrivals, on the outskirts of Hagadera Camp outside Dadaab, Kenya. Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is spending her 19th birthday in Kenya Tuesday July 12, 2016, visiting the world's largest refugee camp to draw attention to the global refugee crisis, especially as Dadaab camp faces pressure to close after a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday Aug. 5, 2011 file photo, Somali refugees walk through an area housing new arrivals, on the outskirts of Hagadera Camp outside Dadaab, Kenya. Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is spending her 19th birthday in Kenya Tuesday July 12, 2016 visiting the world's largest refugee camp to draw attention to the global refugee crisis, especially as Dadaab camp faces pressure to close after a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

    FILE - In this Friday Aug. 5, 2011 file photo, Somali refugees walk through an area housing new arrivals, on the outskirts of Hagadera Camp outside Dadaab, Kenya. Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is spending her 19th birthday in Kenya Tuesday July 12, 2016 visiting the world's largest refugee camp to draw attention to the global refugee crisis, especially as Dadaab camp faces pressure to close after a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)  (The Associated Press)

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is spending her 19th birthday in Kenya in the world's largest refugee camp? to draw attention to the global refugee crisis, especially as the Dadaab camp faces pressure to close.

Malala's spokesman, Taylor Royle, said the education activist has been in contact via Skype with a group of girls in Dadaab camp since last year and is looking forward to meeting this group and others

Kenya's government said Dadaab camp that hosts more than 300,000 mostly Somali refugees will be closed in the next year.

Kenya insists that any returns to Somalia will be voluntary, although the neighboring country is still plagued by conflict.

Many refugees have lived most if not all of their lives in Dadaab, which has been open for 25 years.