Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Kenya’s Dadaab refugees whose life at the camp is as precarious as ever 8 years after fleeing their native Somalia, we travel to Madagascar where mangrove trees are being decimated for their versatile wood, and we take you to South Africa where black rhinos are being transferred to Chad as part of an ambitious re-population project. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

UN in Kenya: “Don’t give up on Dadaab” refugee camp

The UN High Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi and the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen visit the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. One of the world’s largest, the sprawling Dadaab complex has housed Somali refugees for around 26 years.

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp May Be Closing: VICE News Tonight on HBO

The high court in Kenya has blocked the government’s bid to close Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world. The Kenyan government had hoped to close Dadaab by the end of November, but as the day approached, the registered refugees living there were given a six-month extension.

The Kenyan government has vowed to fight the ruling and close down the camp — which they say has become a recruiting ground for terrorists.

Dadaab is home to more than 275,000 people, many of whom were displaced after fleeing the Somali civil war in 1991. If the camp were to shut down, the refugees would effectively be homeless and stateless.

So where does a population larger than that of 11 African capital cities go? VICE News reports from the camp and speaks to the people facing an uncertain future.

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VICE News Daily: Thai Officials Accused of Human Trafficking

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Thai police arrest three officials on human trafficking charges, Kathmandu residents mark Buddha’s birthday, U.S. pledges support for Kenya’s refugee crisis, and a different face to a South African tradition.

THAILAND
Police Make Arrests Linked to Human Trafficking Network
Three officials detained days after a mass grave was found near a migrant labor camp on the Malaysian border.

NEPAL
A Solemn Celebration in Kathmandu
Residents marked the birth of Lord Buddha against the backdrop of the quake-stricken country.

KENYA
The Uncertain Future of the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Government officials had threatened to shut down the Dadaab complex, home to more than 600,000 displaced people.

SOUTH AFRICA
New Faces to an Old Tradition
​Whites in the country are taking an interest in traditional medicine, an industry previously dominated by blacks.​

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