Building temporary shelter at Dadaab refugee campKenya 2011 © Lynsey Addario/VII

Dadaab holds the shameful title of the largest refugee camp in the world.

Forgotten for years by the international community and the media, for a brief moment during the summer of 2011 Dadaab was in the public eye, when images of its exhausted refugees and malnourished children made front page news all
over the world.

 

 

Emergency funding was released, aid agencies scaled up their efforts, and two additional camps were opened.

But the attention was short-lived, and many of last summer’s gains have already been reversed. Since the summer, the conflict in Somalia has spilled over into the camps, and Dadaab is no longer a place of safety.

 

See press release and video here