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the kidnapping

Dadaab 20 Years On: Shadows of Lives

4y ago


Dadaab, Kenya, hosts the largest refugee camp in the world. Originally conceived as a temporary solution to shelter refugees of Somalia's civil war, the three neighboring sites that are referred to collectively as one refugee camp are now 20 years old, and have become a permanent home for the majority of people who have sought shelter there. With a new influx of refugees last year due to increased fighting and hunger in Somalia, conditions for people inside and stranded outside the camps deteriorated to a shocking level before obstacles to increasing aid were resolved. While the numbers of deaths and malnutrition levels have dropped since then, living conditions in the camp remain precarious. The safety of those living in the camps and those assisting them have deteriorated dramatically with regular outbreaks of violence and attacks on refugees and aid workers, including the kidnapping of two Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff. MSF continues to do everything possible to achieve the safe release of Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut.