Brendan Bannon is a photojournalist on assignment for Polaris Images: "I first went to the Dadaab refugee camp, close to the border between Kenya and Somalia, at the end of 2006. Dadaab has become the largest refugee camp in the world, and Kenya’s fourth largest city: 440,000 people have gathered in makeshift shelters, made of branches and tarps.
Longing for Resettlement The Psychological Impact of Banning Refugees In Dadaab refugee camp, a researcher recorded a Somali term for the particular feeling of longing for resettlement: buufis, “a kind of depression rooted in an inextinguishable hope for a life elsewhere that simultaneously casts the present into shadow.”
When refugees are forced to leave their home, they often do so with only a few possessions and the hope of keeping their families together. What ONE THING would you take with you if you were forced to flee? This is the focus of this year's World Refugee Day, observed globally on 20 June. Find out more from UNHCR: http://unhcr.org/1family Credit: Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya. INTERNEWS
TERRIBLE :( - A young Somali refugee boy and his terminally ill mother, Haretha Abdi at Dadaab refugee camp, near the border of Kenya and Somalia in the horn of Africa. (Brendan Bannon/Polaris Images) Dadaab refugee camp - The Big Picture - Boston.com
Day 16: During Ramadan Somali refugee, Amina , 42, considers herself lucky to be able to cook for others. A mother of 7 and foster mother to 4 more, she came to Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp in 2006 from Mogadishu, Somalia. "In the mornings I go to a class to learn leather working. In the afternoon, I go home and prepare to break the fast . I have a great big pot that we all share from. There are 18 of us. I cook whatever God puts in my pot." Photos and text by Brendan Bannon for UNHCR