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Somali Refugees in Kenya: On the edge of survival

MSF Photostory: The three refugee camps run by the office of the United Nations High Commissoner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Dadaab, Kenya, 50 miles from Somalia, are full. But more and more people arrive here every day.

So the new arrivals—some 350,000 of them—remain in the desert with nowhere to go.

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A newly-arrived Somali family outside thier shelter in the desert
The camps were established 20 years ago to house up to 90,000 refugees
IFatima, 60, arrived in Dadaab last night, after a nine-day journey.
Life is tough once even when the refugees reach Kenya
Water is scare in the camp, lines of jerrycans
A family in the desert
Forty percent of the children have never had any vaccinations, raising the risk
A child is screened for malnutrition using a MUAC band
Families queue for food rations
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Read more about the world's biggest refugee camp, in Dadaab, Kenya