Finding Resilience in One of the World's Largest Refugee Camps

Today there are more than 70 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes. As crises get more prolonged, the only home that entire generations know, are refugee camps. With more than 186,000 residents, Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement located in the arid desert of north-western Kenya is one such place. The stories we hear about them often show us their unsurmountable challenges, but life in the camps is more than scrambling for food and waiting for a better future, writes UN Women.

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Beatrice Silas Kasiba scored top marks in the national Trade Certificate exam and now teaches tailoring to other refugee women and Kenyan women living in Kalobeyei settlement at a facility run by the Danish Refugee Council.

Nyamam Gai Gatluak and her classmate, Mumina Khalif, explore the internet and talk about their latest coding project. Both girls are students of Angelina Jolie Primary School in Kakuma refugee camp. Mumina wants to be a journalist, while Nyamam wants to be a software engineer.

Refika Cornoleus poses with her children in the courtyard of her hut in Kakuma refugee camp. Refika fled the war in Sudan in 2012, leaving behind her husband and grandparents. She has had no news from them since.

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