In the northeastern desert of Kenya, newly-arrived refugees from Somalia are liv

Stranded in the desert of Kenya’s north-eastern province, surrounded by mile upon mile of sand, 30,000 people are living in makeshift shelters under a burning sun. Having crossed the border from neighbouring Somalia, 80 km away, families arrive at the refugee camp of Dadaab to find that the three camps in the Dadaab area are already full, and that there is nowhere for them to stay.

This year, 44,000 new refugees have already been registered, and by the end of 2011 the camps are likely to be home to 450,000 people - a similiar population to Dublin city.



The availability of essential services – such as water, sanitation and education – is shrinking, and living conditions are deteriorating rapidly.