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The World's Largest Refugee Camp Turns 20

Birthdays are usually happy affairs, but in this instance it marks 20 years of captivity!

Surrounding the small town of Dadaab, Kenya, is one of the oldest and largest refugee camps in the world, now home more than 332,000 people, mainly from Somalia. (It was originally designed to house just 90,000.) The complex of camps was first established as a temporary solution more than 20 years ago by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), after Somalia descended into a civil war that continues to this day. Read the rest of the article here.

20 years in pictures.

 

 

Danish watchmakers, Obaku Harmony, have partnered with Refugees United to create the Obaku-Refugees watch.  Designed to help aid the 37 million refugees around the world, for every Obaku-Refugees watch sold, Obaku will make a donation to Refugees United.

The watch has a minimalist design and is powered by an environmentally friendly battery.

 

http://www.obaku-refugees.com/home.php

 

 

 
UN Warns of Global Refugee Crisis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathaniel Persky   
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 03:38

Conflicts are leading to new era of near permanent refugee populations, the head of the United Nation's refugee agency has said. Antonio Guterres also said rich countries are only willing to take a fraction of those forced to flee by drawn-out warfare, especially in Afghanistan and Somalia. "As a result of never-ending conflicts, we are witnessing the creation of a number of quasi-permanent, global refugee populations," Guterres said on Monday in a speech to the UNHCR's governing executive committee. To read more click here.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 November 2010 14:59
 
The Refugees of Dadaab by the Toronto Star

 

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Doctors Without Borders - A Day in Dadaab PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathaniel Persky   
Monday, 11 August 2008 19:25

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is still very concerned about the situation in one of the world’s most congested camp complexes, located in Dadaab, in northeast Kenya. MSF has been providing medical care for one year in Dadaab's Dagahaley camp, and while there have been some improvements during that time, the camp remains overcrowded, and refugees are only receiving the bare minimum to survive. To read more continue to the the original article.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 September 2010 07:53
 
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