With today’s technology, it is easy for us to keep up with what’s going on around the world. We can receive email updates from government institutions, check up on current events from our smart phones, watch the news on our computers, and more.
Although it’s wonderful that we can easily stay informed, there’s one problem with this: sometimes by getting caught up in the “new,” crises that have been occurring for months or years get lost in the crowd.
Here are some of these “forgotten” issues:
1. Refugees in Kenya’s Dadaab Camp
Dadaab refugee camp is the world’s largest, inhabited by some 350,000 people. The camp, which has been in place for over 20 years, is home mostly to Somali refugees who fled their own country's prolonged fighting and droughts.
Families in the camp struggle to live on the bare minimum provided by aid agencies. The World Food Program (WFP) was forced to drop rations at the camp by 30% this summer due to lack of funding. Hospitals too have suffered, as they can’t afford proper staffing. In Kenya, refugees are not allowed to work for an income, so families survive by engaging in trade within the camps.
Recently, insecurity has been rising in Dadaab. Criminal gangs and Islamic militants frequently attack the camp. The fact that so many young people aren’t able to work or study also contributes to a rise in crime—60% of Dadaab’s population is age 17 and younger. Amongst this chaos, it is not possible for the Kenya police or the UN Refugee Agency to maintain order.