International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Photos: Urban refugees in Kenya

Urban refugees' plight

  • A muddy street in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighborhood
  • A widow from Somalia sits by a sewing table in an IRC-supported shop.
  • A Somali refugee woman sits next to a table piled high with colorful fabrics
  • A Somali refugee woman sits in front of a wall of colorful textiles
  • The front of a school for refugee women supported by the IRC
  • A  young Somali woman shows the henna designs on her hands
  • A Somali schoolgirl in Nairobi, Kenya

Today, almost half of the world’s refugees live in cities.  Among them are refugees from Somalia living in precarious circumstances in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
 


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Urban refugees' plight

  • A muddy street in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighborhood
  • A widow from Somalia sits by a sewing table in an IRC-supported shop.
  • A Somali refugee woman sits next to a table piled high with colorful fabrics
  • A Somali refugee woman sits in front of a wall of colorful textiles
  • The front of a school for refugee women supported by the IRC
  • A  young Somali woman shows the henna designs on her hands
  • A Somali schoolgirl in Nairobi, Kenya

Today, almost half of the world’s refugees live in cities.  Among them are refugees from Somalia living in precarious circumstances in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
 


All IRC Slideshows >
All Kenya Slideshows >

Today, almost half of the world’s refugees live in cities. Refugees living in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, are enduring not only poverty, but also harassment by the police. “Thousands of refugees are now living in fear of arrest even if they have identity papers,” says Kellie Leeson, the IRC’s country director in Kenya. 

Despite these challenges, many refugees say that they would rather live in cities than in overcrowded refugee camps where there are few job opportunities.

Anne Richard, the International Rescue Committee's vice president of government relations and advocacy, visted Nairobi's Eastleigh neighborhood last November.  She was there to meet refugees from Somalia who are being helped by the IRC.  Here are some more images from her trip.

 

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