Sarah, Somali Refugee in Kenya: A Lifetime of Waiting
It’s good to be reminded how fortunate we are, how much we take for granted.
Sarah was born and raised in Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Now 21, she has become a wife and mother without ever setting foot outside the camp.
“I feel like I am Somali,” she says, tenderly rocking her two-week-old daughter, Somaya. “My parents are Somali. I believe that someday Somalia will be peaceful and I will go there.”
Today, over 1 million Somalis remain displaced outside their country. With the crisis well into its third decade, UNHCR has launched a Global Initiative on Somali Refugees in a bid to find solutions. The aim is to empower Somali refugees so that, one day, they can return home and rebuild their nation.
“Now we are all educated,” says Sarah, proudly. “We have knowledge in all different areas. I think when we go back to Somalia we will develop the country, one way or another.”
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