Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn left for Kenya on Friday to attend the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) special summit on Somali refugees.The summit will take place on Saturday in Nairobi and discuss durable solutions for Somali refugees, whilst promoting sustainable reintegration of returnees in Somalia.
The summit will bring together member states of IGAD, the international community and other stakeholders.
A special session of the IGAD ministerial committee was held in the Kenyan capital on Friday bringing together ministers responsible for Interior, Security and Refugee Affairs from the Horn of Africa region.
More than two million Somalis have been displaced, representing one of the world’s most protracted humanitarian crises that have now entered its third decade.
An estimated 1.1 million people are internally displaced (IDPs) within Somalia and nearly 900,000 are refugees in the region.