The Dadaab refugee camps are only 100 km from the Somali border in eastern Kenya. They make up the largest refugee camps in the world holding as many as 450,000 people. Most of the inhabitants have fled conflict in southern Somalia but more recently they’ve been running away from drought and famine.
Inhabitants of the camps include victims of torture, those grieving for loved ones lost to war, and famine survivors.
Few places in the world can be said to have a higher concentration of traumatized people.
The long term impacts of famine are often over looked. The brains of young children need good nutrition to develop. Malnutrition can severely impair that development.