The worlds largest refugee camp is a city built of mud and thorns in northern kenya city of thorns narrates the lives of nine men and women of different nationalities cultures and religions out of the half million residents of the camp despite its engaging narrative style this wasnt a book i could read through in one sitting. Though kenya is almost certainly the country most visited by refugee researchers crisp 2012 5 the link between national security and refugees in recent years has made dadaab an increasingly difficult site for researchers to access and it is within this context that city of thorns nine lives in the worlds largest refugee camp was researched over a four year period. City of thorns nine lives in the worlds largest refugee camp is a history biography nonfiction work published in 2016 by thorndike press and written by author journalist ben rawlence. In city of thorns rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there rawlence combines intimate storytelling with broad socio political investigative journalism doing for dadaab what katherinee boos behind the beautiful forevers did for the mumbai slums
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