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Despair endangers Dadaab refugees in Kenya as smugglers seize their moment

Source: The Guardian Country: Kenya, Somalia
The U.S. travel ban, uncertainty surrounding the future of Dadaab camp itself and lack of prospects in Somalia make it easier for traffickers to exploit vulnerable refugees.By Moulid Hujale Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life Two months after he went missing from the Dadaab refugee complex, Abdullahi Mohamed called his mother, Ubah, from a detention centre in Libya where he was being been held by armed gangs. The men asked his mother to pay a ransom of up to $10,000 (£7,850) for the 19-year-old. Relieved but distraught, Ubah started fundraising for his release, talking to family members in the diaspora and in Somalia. Read more on the Guardian.

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