Although Dadaab camp was originally to host 90,000, the total population today stands at more than 463,422 people, of which 95.8% are Somali refugees according to UNHCR records (as 20 November 2011), making Dadaab the largest refugee camp in the world. Since January 2011, due to three years of protracted drought conditions aggravated by conflicts and insecurity, 163,525 Somalis have arrived in the Dadaab camps.
According to UNHCR records the number of refugees who have crossed to the neighbouring countries including Kenya in 2011 is 286,315, with 917,299 currently registered. Although the Government of Kenya officially closed the borders with Somalia, people are still crossing, and refugee registration has been suspended since the military incursion started.
The Kenya Red Cross Society officially took over the management of IFO 2 WEST Refugee camp on 22nd November 2011 from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). The handover kit received by the society for the overall management of the camp contained a list of block section leaders and their contacts, ration cards, terms of reference for incentive staff, training manuals, list of other agencies working in the camp, list of vulnerable persons, minutes of meetings held, reports, planning maps and number of facilities in the camp. The society also took over the operation of two health facilities from MSF-Spain at both the camps.
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