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City of thorns: nine lives in the world's largest refugee camp

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Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya, 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; and schoolgirl Kheyro, whose future hangs upon her education. In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Rawlence combines intimate storytelling with broad socio-political investigative journalism, doing for Dadaab what Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers did for the Mumbai slums. Lucid, vivid, and illuminating, City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dadaab home.
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subject_facet Refugee camps -- Kenya, Refugees -- Kenya, Refugees -- Somalia, Somali-Ethiopian Conflict, 1979-
title_display City of thorns : nine lives in the world's largest refugee camp
title_full City of Thorns Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp, City of thorns : nine lives in the world's largest refugee camp / Ben Rawlence
title_short City of thorns :
title_sub nine lives in the world's largest refugee camp
topic_facet History, Nonfiction, Politics, Refugee camps, Refugees, Sociology, Somali-Ethiopian Conflict, 1979-