African refugees′ success stories | Africa | DW


The Kenyan camp of Kakuma houses more than 185,000 people, most of them refugees from Somalia and South Sudan. Recently, the camp hosted the first world’s TEDx conference on such an unusual site. The event, a grassroots initiative which brings together people to talk about a diverse range of subjects, was co-organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In this instance, the conference’s subject was how refugees can make a success of their lives, in spite of all the difficulties and hardships they face. Among the successful ex-refugees invited to speak was Halima Aden, a supermodel who wears a hijab. Her family fled the civil war in Somalia in 1994. She lived in Kakuma for some years but then moved to Minnesota in the US. She was the first Muslim homecoming queen of…

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