Humanitarian Aid and Security In Somalia: Separate, But Still Unequal?

By Melanie Teff

This post originally appeared at African Arguments, the blog of the Royal African Society.

Attacks Bring New Risks for Kenya's Urban Somalis

By Melanie Teff

Tens of thousands of Somali refugees live in Kenya’s cities, but they are often forgotten amid the region’s myriad refugee problems. So on our recent visit to Kenya, we asked how these people have been affected by the (presumed) Al Shabab attacks on Kenyan refugee camps further afield.

Insecurity in Dadaab: A Camp Forever Changed

By Mark Yarnell

My colleague, Melanie Teff, and I are just back from the main staff complex of the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. Our RI colleagues last visited the camp and met with refugees in October 2011, amid a major influx of Somalis seeking refuge from famine and conflict.

Letter to the White House in Advance of President Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address

By Michel Gabaudan

Barack H. Obama
United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.  20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of Refugees International, I write to highlight the ongoing displacement crisis in the Horn of Africa and urge you, in your upcoming State of the Union Address, to showcase U.S. leadership on this issue and the need for sustained, high-level attention to the plight of those impacted by drought and famine.

AMISOM: Changing the Mission to Reflect Somalia’s New Reality

By Erin Weir
It was six months ago that famine was declared in Somalia. The steady flow of refugees already fleeing conflict was joined by a torrent of new asylum seekers – people fleeing because of hunger and looking for a more hopeful place in which to re-build their lives.  During the past six months, hundreds of thousands of people made their way to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, and aid organizations scrambled to ramp up their operations in order to serve these new arrivals.

16 Days: To End Violence Against Women, Enlist the Men

By Michel Gabaudan

For the last two weeks, my colleagues have reflected on global efforts to combat violence against women and girls, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Today, I want to examine a vital and practical solution to the problem of gender violence: the engagement of men and boys. 

16 Days: A Dangerous Climate for Women

By Alice Thomas

This week, events are taking place across the globe to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a campaign to end violence against women, which, according to the UN, 70 percent of women will experience in their lifetime.

Breaking Somalia’s Displacement Cycle

By Michel Gabaudan

I spent two weeks in the Horn of Africa last month, and what I learned there was sobering: The recent influx of Somali refugees has swollen camps in Kenya and Ethiopia to critical levels. Kenya’s Dadaab camp now plays host to half a million people, while the population of Dolo camp in Ethiopia has tripled to 120,000. And the many small graves I saw in Ethiopia’s Kobe camp spoke to the heartbreaking price Somalis are paying more than three months into a devastating famine.

The World’s Largest Detention Center

By Ariela Blätter

“Look at this,” the senior UN aid worker said to me, pointing to one of the many barbed-wire fences surrounding the Dadaab refugee camp. “This may look like a refugee camp, but it is really the world’s largest detention center.”

Dadaab is located in Kenya, 50 miles from the porous Somali border. Unified only by its drapes of plastic sheeting marked with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) logo, Dadaab is a cramped cacophony of tents, aluminum shacks, and even brick homes, that spans roughly 19 square miles.

RI's Web Roundup

By Larissa Dalton

In Washington and much of the U.S., all eyes have been on the debate over the debt limit. While our elected officials squabbled away, here are some stories you may have missed:

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