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Children of the Camp

The Lives of Somali Youth Raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Catherine-Lune Grayson

278 pages, 18 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-631-7 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2017)

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Chronic violence has characterized Somalia for over two decades, forcing nearly two million people to flee. A significant number have settled in camps in neighboring countries, where children were born and raised. Based on in-depth fieldwork, this book explores the experience of Somalis who grew up in Kakuma refugee camp, in Kenya, and are now young adults. This original study carefully considers how young people perceive their living environment and how growing up in exile structures their view of the past and their country of origin, and the future and its possibilities.

Catherine-Lune Grayson was trained in anthropology, political science and international law and is Policy Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Subject: Refugee & Migration Studies General Anthropology Peace & Conflict Studies
Area: Africa

BISAC: SOC051000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Violence in Society; SOC047000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Children's Studies; SOC007000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Emigration & Immigration

BIC: GTJ Peace studies & conflict resolution; JFFD Refugees & political asylum




Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Past is a Foreign Country
Chapter 2. Kakuma is Another Planet
Chapter 3. Growing Up in Kakuma: This is Home
Chapter 4. The Somali Way: Ethnocultural Diversity and Cultural Preservation
Chapter 5. A World in Movement: The Camp as a Connected Place
Chapter 6. They Promised Us America: A Story of Deception and Mistrust
Chapter 7. Through their Eyes: Representation and Self-Representation
Chapter 8. In Memory of the Future
Chapter 9. A Note on Life after the Camp
Chapter 10. Conclusion

Bibliography

Appendix I: A Short Overview of Key Informants

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