Dadaab Refugee Camp

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Dadaab Refugee Camp: 20 Years On

Photographer: Dai Kurokawa


The Dadaab refugee camp, the largest refugee complex in the world set up at the start of Somalia's civil war in 1991 with a capacity to accommodate 90,000 refugees, is now overpopulated with ever increasing influx of new arrivals from Somalia who fled their embattled homeland to seek refuge in Kenya.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) agency estimates the number of new arrivals to be more than 10,000 every month. Reports state that the overall population of the camps is close to 400,000 as of June 2011.

Although UNHCR continues to lobby Kenyan authorities in an effort to access more land to expand the camps, the Kenyan government is reluctant to do anything that may encourage more refugees to enter the country for protracted settlement.