Captured in the Kakuma refugee camp, located in the Turkana District of the northwestern region of Kenya, this mother was in the process of washing her clothing, while her young child slept peacefully on her back, wrapped in a cloth sling.
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“Not far from the Somali border of Kenya lies the town of Dadaab, home to over 450,000 refugees in what is the largest refugee camp in the world. The Kakuma camp is closer to the border with Sudan, and has over 120,000 refugees. Refugees at both camps are faced with a host of medical problems which are compounded by the overcrowded conditions, and limited access to care. Infectious diseases spread quickly in such conditions. Each year, the United States receives about 4,000 refugees from the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, so DGMQ focuses primarily on improving health of refugees from these locations.”
“The camps are administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), assisted by a range of non-governmental organizations (NGO) that provide shelter, food, healthcare, water and sanitation, and other services.”