VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
Inside the world’s largest refugee complex
September 21, 2011 by The IRC
|Hundreds of people gather outside the fence at one of Dadaab's reception centers. Here, refugees are registered, receive food rations and IRC medical screening. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
Dadaab is a sprawling complex comprising five refugee camps in northeastern Kenya: Dagahaley, Ifo, and Hagadera (where the International Rescue Committee works) — plus two new camps, Kambioos and Ifo Extension. The first camp was established in 1991 following the outbreak of war in Somalia. Despite the official closure of the Kenya-Somalia border in January 2007, more than 200,000 refugees have arrived over the last four years.