Africa

Kenya extends deadline to close world's largest refugee camp

This undated photo provided by MoMA shows IFO 3, an extension to the world's largest refugee camp complex in Dadaab, Kenya. The photograph is part of the exhibit "Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter," at the museum in New York. The new exhibit invites visitors to take an entirely new look at the concept of home and design, this time through the lens of migration and global refugee emergencies, in which temporary shelters, organizers say, are being deployed on a scale akin to that after World War I. (Brendan Bannon/IOOM/UNHCR/MoMA via AP)

This undated photo provided by MoMA shows IFO 3, an extension to the world's largest refugee camp complex in Dadaab, Kenya. The photograph is part of the exhibit "Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter," at the museum in New York. The new exhibit invites visitors to take an entirely new look at the concept of home and design, this time through the lens of migration and global refugee emergencies, in which temporary shelters, organizers say, are being deployed on a scale akin to that after World War I. (Brendan Bannon/IOOM/UNHCR/MoMA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Kenya's interior minister says the government has extended by six months its deadline for sending home at least 280,000 Somali refugees to close the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya's east.

Joseph Nkaissery said Wednesday the government extended the November 30 deadline after the U.N. refugee agency requested a postponement. He denied Kenya is coercing refugees to return to war-torn Somalia.

Amnesty International and refugees who had returned to Somalia said Tuesday that Kenyan authorities were forcing them to go back to Somalia where they risk getting killed or being forcibly recruited into the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.

Some who voluntarily returned to Somalia from Dadaab camp told The Associated Press they are now facing hunger despite promises that they would be assisted.