May 25, 2016

Kenya’s Dadaab diaries

What can the world learn from a temporary shelter that turned into a city?

The world’s biggest refugee complex opened in Kenya in 1991. Twenty-five years later, Dadaab is home to nearly half a million people, many of whom have no idea what life is like outside the camps. The Kenyan government now says the sprawling tent city is a security threat, and the complex and the Somalis living there must go. On Wednesday, The Stream dips into Dadaab, and asks when a person has grown up in a refugee camp, where do they belong?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Mire Abdullahi @miire06

Freelance journalist 


Moulid Hujale @moulidhujale

Humanitarian journalist


Ben Rawlence @benrawlence

Author, "City of Thorns, Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp"


Khadija Farah @kmfarah

Photographer and social worker 


Saffiyya Mohammed  @SaffiyyaM 
Community Editor, The Tempest
"Stream Mic" community guest

What questions do you have about living, working and going to school in Dadaab? Leave your thoughts below.