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Kenya announces plan to stop hosting Somali refugees

In this edition: Kenya's refugee crisis; hundreds left homeless in Nairobi; and Cameroon's "Black Friday" movement.


The Kenyan government has said it is closing the door on Somalian refugees. What's more, it's also announced it's scrapping its department that deals with refugee affairs. Citing security fears, Nairobi says it will close the sprawling refugee camps at Dadaab and Kakuma - two of the largest in the world. The country is currently home to around 600,000 refugees, many from neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan.

Meanwhile in the country, authorities in Nairobi have begun demolishing homes deemed unfit to live in. More than 75 buildings are set to be destroyed, all of them located in the same area of the Kenyan capital where one week ago, a multi-storey building collapsed in torrential rain, killing at least 42 people. For many residents of Nairobi's Huruma district, it's a race against the clock to vacate their homes. Hundreds of people have been left homeless with nowhere to go, saying they weren't given enough time to find a new place to live.

And protesters in Cameroon have started a movement known as "Black Friday". They're demonstrating against a possible change to their country's constitution; one that would clear the way for long-time leader Paul Biya to remain in power. Every Friday, they don black clothing as a symbol of their anger. But their defiance has also made them a target.

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