Kenya - Photographs by Abdi Latif Dahir

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A bus heading from Garissa town to the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. Since its establishment in 1991, Dadaab has morphed into a permanent home for many—a self-styled refugee republic for people locked in a cycle of waiting and waiting.

Photographed on the 28th of December 2015.



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Amphile Kassim, who has lived in the camps for decades, calls the UN refugee agency “his government,” their logo as “my flag” and the camp as his “only country.”

Photographed on the 4th of January 2016 in Dadaab.

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Hawa Abdi, who was recently taken to Somalia as part of a UN expedition, said her former hometown of Kismayo wasn’t ready for repatriation. “To leave is no problem,” she said, “but where do we go?

Photographed on the 1st of January 2016 in Dadaab.