May 25, 2015


The long painful wait

Winnipeg families have sponsored refugees in Dadaab, but the doors to Canada have slammed shut

Winnipeg Free Press diversity reporter Carol Sanders visited Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya, run by Winnipegger Ahmed Warsame, and met refugees desperate to reunite with family in Winnipeg.

Kids in Ifo, one of the oldest refugee camps at Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp.

CAROL SANDERS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Kids in Ifo, one of the oldest refugee camps at Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp.

The UNHCR uses biometric imaging to register new refugees at Ifo 2 camp in Dadaab. The electronic system ensures the identity of the refugees, and has seen the number of refugees receiving services in Dadaab reduced from more than 400,000 to just over 357,000.
Children are immunized as one of the first steps in the registration process for refugees. Over two days in late May, more than 800 new refugees were registered at the UNHCR registration centre at Ifo 2 camp in Dadaab.
The UNHCR uses biometric imaging to register new refugees at Ifo 2 camp in Dadaab. The electronic system ensures the identity of the refugees, and has seen the number of refugees receiving services in Dadaab reduced from more than 400,000 to just over 357,000.
The UNHCR uses biometric imaging to register new refugees at Ifo 2 camp in Dadaab. The electronic system ensures the identity of the refugees, and has seen the number of refugees receiving services in Dadaab reduced from more than 400,000 to just over 357,000.
Refugees registering at Ifo 2 camp in Dadaab are finger printed the old-fashioned way during security screening. The Kenyan government  requires the finger prints for security reasons.
Refugees registering at the Ifo 2 camp  are interviewed by UNHCR staff. The Kenyan government lifted a ban on the registering of new refugees at Dadaab and in late May more than 800 refugees registered over two days.
Refugees registering at the Ifo 2 camp  are interviewed by UNHCR staff. The Kenyan government lifted a ban on the registering of new refugees at Dadaab and in late May more than 800 refugees registered over two days.
Twenty-nine-year-old Habibo Abdirahman Mirsal is the elected chairwoman of Dagahaley camp at Dadaab. The married mother of eight children arrived at the refugee camp as a little girl. Now, women in the camp come to her for help. Often, they're victims of violence and she takes them to the hospital and police.
UNHCR staff at the registration centre at Ifo 2 refugee camp in Dadaab. The staff are smiling because refugees who've lived at the camp for months are finally being registered after the Kenyan government lifted the ban on new refugee registrations.
Women and children wait to register at Ifo 2 refugee camp in Dadaab.
Graduation day for 60 graduates of the 20-week reproductive and preventive health program put on by the Kenyan Red Cross. The men and women who are refugees will work in their communities to promote health care.
Graduation day for 60 students in the 20-week reproductive and preventive health program put on by the Kenyan Red Cross. The men and women who are refugees will work in their communities to promote health care. The men completed the 'champions for reproductive health' program.
One of the solar-powered street lights paid for by the government of Canada at Ifo 2 refugee camp. The street lights are helping the security situation at the refugee camps in Dadaab.
Abdi Noor Yussuf, a refugee, works as a lab assistant at the Kenyan Red Cross hospital in Ifo 2 refugee camp at Dadaab. He dreams of attending college or university to become a fully-fledged lab technician.
A new mom who came to the hospital at Ifo 2 refugee camp rests with her healthy newborn 24 hours after arriving at the hospital in labour with with pre-eclampsia - dangerously high blood pressure.

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