UNHCR Refugee Camps, Dadaab, Kenya
Every week, thousands of asylum seekers flee war and famine in Somalia and travel across the desert into the arid township of Dadaab in north-eastern Kenya. Established in the early ‘90s, the UNHCR camps in Dadaab were meant to house about 90,000 people...temporarily. Nearly 20 years later and with on-going conflict in Somalia, the camps have continued to grow. Three camps, (Ifo, Hagadera and Dagaheley) now house more than 500,000 officially recognised refugees and hte numbers grow daily.
Peter describes what has become one of the largest refugee camps in the world as “Horrific... You can describe Dadaab with all the clichés about suffering that you’ve heard before,” he says. “but I felt really uncomfortable as a white guy turning up with a camera and filming people. There’s just so much poverty, hopelessness and injustice. I wanted to help but I just didn’t know how. I felt really over-whelmed. I am still in touch with the man my age who showed me around the camp, Abdikadir Farah Omar and I am really thankful that the crisis in the Horn of Africa – war and famine - is receiving the media attention it desperately deserves.” Find out what you can do to help here.