The hidden focus, Kenya


The Hidden Focus

Every day, an average of 1,000 new Somali refugees cross the border into Kenya and walk another 80km in order to queue in front of the UNHCR Registration site of Dadaab in Kenya. In the U.N. designated area, each and every single refugee is photographed and fingerprinted.

Here, registration seems to have a miraculous effect: it means access to tents, lavatories, drinking water, healthcare facilities and food passes. At the time, the three camps in Dadaab provided shelter for almost half a million refugees, and over 40 thousand more lived next to the outer fences of the camps, not benefiting from the U.N. jurisdiction.