This episode Abdikadir Omar talks about his life growing up in the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. According to UNHCR (as of May 2014), the Dadaab refugee camp has 339,000 registered refugees. Abdikadir estimates that the combined number of registered and non-registered refugees is closer to 500,000. This episode we talk about what triggered the Somali diaspora, daily living conditions in the Dadaab camp, water sanitation, food, and more.
About Abdikadir Omar
Abdikadir Omar still lives in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, close to the Kenyan border with Somalia. The UNHCR camp was established 20 years ago to accommodate around 90,000 Somalians fleeing the violence in Mogadishu when the central government was overthrown in a civil war. It is now home to almost half a million people, some of whom are third-generation refugees whose parents were born in the camp. Abdikadir Omar’s sister along with his journalist parents were murdered in Somalia in 1991. He was just 14 years old during that horrific time. He escaped, and fearfully walked alone across the desert to the camp. He is now in his 30s and happily married with three young children. He does his best to live a meaningful life, working in his community to help others, especially the new arrivals. His greatest wish is to be able to go home but as there is no sign of war or famine ending in Somalia, he hopes to be resettled to another country. His dream is to be able to go swimming one day.