Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp. In September 2016 the five refugee camps of Dadaab housed more than 500 000 refugees of which 261 496 were registered Somali refugees.
Data retrieved from UNHCR
There are 71 398 children in the Dadaab refugee camps aged between the ages of 5 and 11.
The majority of these refugess fled Somalia following the 1991 collapse of the Somali government and the ensuing civil war and humanitarian crisis. In 2011, Somali refugee arrivals into Kenya and Ethiopia increased significantly due to the combined effects of drought, famine and ongoing insecurity in Somalia. (European Resettlement Network)
“For many refugees in Dadaab, peace and education – often the first casualties of ongoing conflict – are the most valuable aspects of life as a camp refugee. Together, they change lives and can compensate in part for the sadness of exile.” (Refworld)
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At the moment, life is unsettled. The Kenyan Government have announced that the Dadaab refugee camps are set to be closed by May 2017.