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Chicago Council: YP Life on Hold: The World's Largest Refugee Camp

  • The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 332 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60604 (map)

The city of Dadaab is one like no other. Sitting in the middle of Kenya's inhospitable northern desert, this nearly 25 year old refugee camp is home to almost 350,000 Somalis, many of whom have never experienced life beyond its walls. Unable to return home and prohibited from moving on, the 'citizens' of Dadaab have been forced to put their lives on hold. Efforts to close Dadaab's gates have been renewed in recent months as Kenya's government considers it a breeding ground for Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab. What is life like for those in the camp? And how can the international community balance the refugees' needs with security concerns? Join The Chicago Council and activist Ben Rawlence for an insider look at the world's largest refugee camp.

YP Members: $15 / Non-members: $25