Beyond Refugee Camps, a Better Way

By Tina Rosenberg

In Friday’s Fixes column, I wrote about alternatives to keeping refugees in camps for years. The hundreds of thousands of Somalis streaming today into the camps in Dadaab, Kenya, are getting lifesaving food, medical care and shelter.  Camps like Dadaab are designed for emergency care and do it well — but most refugee situations are long-term.   Camps condemn refugees to years, maybe decades, of dependency.  There are people in Dadaab who have not stepped outside the camp since it opened in 1991.
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