City of Thorns – Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp, 22 octobre 2016 12:00, Bishop’s Palace & Gardens
Ben Rawlence’s superb account of daily life inside Dadaab camp in Kenya underlines the plight of the world’s poorest people.
To offer refuge requires compassion, yet the word refugee provokes a raft of very different and contradictory responses, especially at a time when newspapers are awash with the word. Here, Ben Rawlence is giving a voice to nine refugees from Dadaab Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. The camp is home to 350,000 people, 10,000 of whom are third-generation inhabitants. To charity workers Dadaab is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government it is a ‘nursery for terrorists’ to the western media it is a dangerous no-go area. For the residents themselves it is their last resort. A former researcher for Human Rights Watch, Rawlence spent four years attempting to understand this extraordinary camp city, which he describes as a City of Thorns.