I recently returned from
visiting our international healing project in Dadaab, Kenya,
home to the world’s largest refugee camp.
Our program is staffed
with an amazingly dedicated group of men and women who provide transportation,
manage our finances, arrange for security and, of course, provide individual and group counseling to Somali and other
refugees who have fled torture and war.
Very shortly eight of our Dadaab staff will call this building "home."
|During my visit I got a
chance to see the new CVT residence, which is in the final days of
construction. Since Dadaab is so remote, every humanitarian agency must
construct its own buildings. Until now our staff have been living in tents or
staying short term at the residences of other agencies.
Now that we have our own
space we’ll start working on a garden. We know from our other projects that
gardens can bring comfort to both survivors and those who care for them. But
not much can grow in the sandy soil in Dadaab and the scrubby bushes and scattered
trees don’t provide much shade from the sweltering sun. Those agencies who have
been working in Dadaab for several years have planted trees and dutifully kept
them watered, so now they enjoy some shade. We will need to do the same.
nearly a year and a half of operations in Dadaab, the new residence gives our
staff a place for them to cool off, rest, and clean-up. Most importantly, it’s
a place that they can call “home.”
of International Services
If you’d like to see what life is like in the Dadaab refugee camps, take a few
minutes to watch this UNHCR video.
|Our work in Dadaab, Kenya is funded by the United States Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
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