Dadaab: The City You Cannot Leave
The world’s largest refugee complex, first set up in 1992, is located in eastern Kenya, about 100km from the Kenyan-Somalian border, and it’s home to over 331,500, 95% are Somali refugees, broken down into 77,500 households, as of December 2015. It actually consists of 5 refugee camps sprawled over Dadaab Town: Hagadera (103,000), Dagahaley (83,200), Ifo (76,300), Ifo 2 (49,300), and Kambioos (19,700). 80% of residents are women and children, who are particularly vulnerable to the risk of violence within the camp; as a result a department called Vulnerable Women and Children (VWC) to tackle the issues had been set up. Refugees typically live in tents, made of plastic sheeting, distributed by UNHCR. It is managed by the UNHCR, with other organizations involved in different vital areas; the major ones being CARE, World Food Programme, Medecins Sans Frontieres, German Technical Cooperation, and the Red Cross, to name just a few.
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