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City of Thorns
Author: Ben Rawlence

ISBN: 9781846275876
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 24 February 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 2.8
Description:
A fearless work of reportage that takes the reader inside Dadaab, the world's biggest and most notorious refugee camp, through the stories of the people who live there.

To the charity workers, Dabaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a 'nursery for terrorists'; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya where only thorn bushes grow, Dadaab is a city like no other. Its buildings are made from mud, sticks or plastic, its entire economy is grey, and its citizens survive on rations and luck. Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence became a first-hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land, getting to know many of those who have come there seeking sanctuary. Among them are Guled, a former child soldier who lives for football; Nisho, who scrapes an existence by pushing a wheelbarrow and dreaming of riches; Tawane, the indomitable youth leader; and schoolgirl Kheyro, whose future hangs upon her education.

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