Feature - Commerce in the Kakuma Refugee Camp
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.