Dadaab refugee complex in north eastern Kenya is home to nearly half a million people. Unable to leave the camps without travel permits and unable to officially work due to Kenyan employment laws, many residents have turned entrepreneur to survive.
Panos London Newsletter
Winners need guts, ingenuity and persistence. Which just about sums up Mohammed Bashir Sheik, the IT entrepreneur who designs websites from Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. He is interviewed by Kenyan journalist Dann Okoth this month and it’s well worth a read. Free media and good governance are frequently cited as going hand in hand. A Panos London blog highlights what the leading thinkers actually say on the matter. And Blogger Bhan Sahu is back and preparing to walk 350km to assert the rights of farmers and forest dwellers over their land.
Mohammed Bashir Sheik has never left Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex, but that hasn’t stopped him learning how to create and host websites, set up a small business and teach others how to use computers.
As the food crisis worsens in Mali, our blogger Kaidia Samaké fears she will not be able to observe Ramadan this year as she does not have the nutritious food needed to break her fast when the sun goes down each evening.
In her latest blog Bhan Sahu tells us about a non-violent civil resistance movement, inspired by Gandhi, which aims to bring about social and land reform in India.