Transnational Nomads: How Somalis Cope with Refugee Life in the Dadaab Camps of Kenya

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Berghahn Books, 2006 - 236 pages
The daily pictures of refugee camps, mostly in Africa, make one wonder as to how the refugees manage to survive under these abject conditions. This path-breaking study of Somalis, in a camp in Kenya, offers some explanations. The author argues that it is wrong to look at the camps in isolation, but that one has to consider historical, social and transnational dimensions if one wants to understand the coping mechanisms that enable people to survive. Her book shows how Somalis were able to adapt their "nomadic" heritage to life in the camp, including a high degree of mobility and strong social networks that also reach beyond the confines of the camp as far as the US and Europe.

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About the author (2006)

Cindy Horst holds a PhD in Anthropology and completed a foundation year at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University. She carried out extensive fieldwork amongst Somalis in Kenyan refugee camps and towns between 1995 and 2001 and in Europe and also worked for a refugee-assisting NGO. Cindy is Senior Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo.

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