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

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Children of the Camp

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

Catherine-Lune Grayson

246 pages, 18 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-631-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2017)

ISBN  978-1-80073-179-0 $29.95/£23.95 / Pb / Published (July 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78533-632-4 eBook

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“The book does a fantastic job of providing a realistic view of the camp and exploring its habitants’ complex relationship with it… Through writing the book, Grayson gave a voice to a group of people who have for almost all of their lives been voiceless. I highly recommend Children of the Camp.” • AmeriQuests

Children of the Camp is an ambitious and timely ethnographic approach to understanding the experiences of Somali youth who have lived all or most of their lives in a refugee camp in Kenya… [It] will be an important read for anyone interested in youth in protracted refugee status.” • Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees

“This is an outstanding and original contribution to scholarship in both refugee studies and anthropology. Rarely does one get such candid portraits of refugee youth, their rich yet truncated lives in extended exile, and the hopes they hold on to.” • Jennifer Hyndman, York University, Canada


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 holds a PhD in Anthropology and is Policy Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies Anthropology (General) Peace and Conflict Studies Sociology
Area: Africa


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