Guest Host: Jennifer Golbeck

Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp complex, is in the deserts of northern Kenya. Originally established in 1991 to house 90,000 people, the complex has grown over more than two decades into multiple camps and nearly half a million refugees. Overwhelmingly Somali, those who live in Dadaab are in a peculiar kind of limbo as threats of violence and food insecurity continue in Somalia. We talk with Ben Rawlence about the ‘City of Thorns,’ the people who live there, and what this place can teach us about handling displaced people.


  • Ben Rawlence Author, 'City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp'

READ: "City Of Thorns" Prologue & Chapter 1

Excerpt from CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence, Prologue and Chapter 1. CITY OF THORNS copyright ©2016 by Ben Rawlence. First hardcover edition published January 5, 2016, by Picador. All rights reserved.

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