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Feature - Commerce in the Kakuma Refugee Camp
Carolyn Drake
Kakuma, located in Kenya, is the largest and oldest refugee camp in the world. Established in 1991, the camp is home to 150,000 people who’ve fled their native countries of Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more recently, South Sudan.
Inhabitants receive basic food and lodging allowances but those with better means have established small businesses centered around some of the camp’s impromptu markets: hairdressers, movie theaters, electronics, and general stores.
Carolyn Drake visited Kakuma and photographed this unique economy.

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KENYA. 2017. Scenes around the Somali market, the largest marketplace...
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian marketplace in Kakuma 1 Refugee camp.
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian marketplace in Kakuma 1 Refugee camp.
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian marketplace in Kakuma 1 Refugee camp.
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KENYA. 2017. Scenes around the Hong Kong market, where many from...
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KENYA. 2017. Kakuma camp 111. In Kakuma 111 there are fewer business...
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian marketplace in Kakuma 1 Refugee camp.
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian marketplace in Kakuma 1 Refugee camp.
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KENYA. 2017. A customer and employee at Alfa electronics in the...
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KENYA. Kakuma Refugee Camp. 2017. Abdi Ethiopian Market.
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KENYA. Kakuma Refugee Camp. 2017. Benedict from Congo's barber...
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KENYA. 2017. Scenes around the Somali market, the largest marketplace...
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KENYA. 2017. Benedict Acongue from congo (came in 2014) at the...
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KENYA. 2017. G&Z Cafe. Geda Gemechu Wadesso from Ethipia owns...
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KENYA. 2017. Geda Gemechu Wadesso from Ethiopia owns this cafe...
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KENYA. 2017. A woman drinking coffee in G&Z Cafe. Geda Gemechu...
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KENYA. 2017. Geda Gemechu Wadesso from Ethiopia owns this cafe...
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KENYA. Kakuma Refugee Camp. 2017. Dream studio in the Hong Kong...
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KENYA. 2017. Scenes around the Hong Kong market, where many from...
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KENYA. 2017. Kakuma Refugee Camp 1's Hong Kong market, where...
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KENYA. 2017. Scenes around the Hong Kong market in Kakuma Refugee...
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KENYA. Kakuma Refugee Camp. 2017. Saidi, a Congolese tailor at...
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian marketplace in Kakuma 1 Refugee camp....
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KENYA. Kakuma Refugee Camp. 2017. Mesfin Ethiopia wholesale....
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian Mesfin Getahun runs an import and wholesale...
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian Mesfin Getahun runs an import and wholesale...
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian Mesfin Getahun runs an import and wholesale...
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KENYA. 2017. Ethiopian Mesfin Getahun runs an import and wholesale...
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KENYA. 2017. Kakuma camp 111. In Kakuma 111 there are fewer business...
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