City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp Author Ben Rawlence
ISBN-10 1250118735
ISBN-13 9781250118738
Year 2017-01-03
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Picador
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Named a Best of Book of the Year by The EconomistLos Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistThe Dadaab refugee camp is many things to the charity workers its a humanitarian crisis to the Kenyan government a nursery for terrorists to the Western media a dangerous no go area But to its half a million residents its 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 firsthand witness to a strange and desperate place getting to know many of those who had come 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 Kheyro a student 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 sketching the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped Lucid vivid and illuminating City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions brought to life through the people who call Dabaab home

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