DADAAB Stories. 500,000 refugees. Countless stories.

posted on June 6th 2013 in Documentary & Social & Video with 0 Comments

The Dadaab refugee camp is the largest in the world. The people that live here have remarkable stories to tell -they just need a place to share them.


Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee settlement. Situated in northern Kenya near the border of Somalia, its five camps are a fragile home to roughly half a million people. By definition, a refugee camp is temporary, but life does not stop here. Love, marriage, children, work, art — life goes on. After two decades, there are more than 8,000 Dadaab grandchildren — children of children who were born in the camp.

Following famine and renewed conflict in the region in 2011, over 100,000 new refugees flooded into the camps. Recently, the region has also been hit by a series of major security incidents, like kidnappings of aid workers and IED explosions. Despite the challenges, the Dadaab story continues to evolve.


Dadaab Stories is an evolving online documentary and ultimately a collaborative community media project. It is a place for refugees to share their stories with the world. It’s an initiative of FilmAid, a humanitarian media organization that has been making, teaching and screening films in Dadaab since 2006.

Dadaab Stories is nonlinear and multimedia. Stories are told through video, photography, poetry, music and journalism. Everyone in the Dadaab refugee camp has a story to tell, and this is the place to share these stories. Just like Dadaab itself, Dadaab Stories is always changing, and new content is added regularly.

In example, the storie ‘Caring for Abidirsack‘ tells the humbling story of Mohamed Ali Ahmed, father of nine children. Once a professional football player and coach before being forced to flee his home, Mohamed is now the sole caretaker of his severely disabled young son whom he adores.



From a refugee who has spent his or her life in Dadaab to a humanitarian worker or visiting celebrity, there are a variety of viewpoints to be shared on a multitude of issues in a camp of nearly 500,000 people. Explore their stories to learn about their experiences in this remarkable city in the desert visiting the project at http://www.dadaabstories.org/, where you will find all the stories from Dadaab.


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