City of thorns: life inside Dadaab refugee camp

Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp is the largest in the world and is home to almost half a million people, most of them Somali who fled civil war in their home country. Ben Rawlence’s book ‘City of Thorns‘ offers a human look at what it’s like to live in this camp, which has been in operation since 1991, through telling the stories of nine people in the camp.

In an interview on the Africa Past and Present Podcast, Rawlence discusses the book and the political failures that coalesce to keep refugees in limbo in the camp. He also talks about the economy of the camp, giving an insight into how people sell their food rations to make money, going hungry for long periods just to scrape some cash together.

Listen to the full podcast at Africa Past & Present.






Publication Type Podcast
Publisher Africa Past & Present
Year 2016
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