FilmAid, a humanitarian media organization has launched Dadaab Stories, an evolving online documentary and online voice for refugees in Dadaab, around half a million, to share their stories with the world.
The organisation has worked with refugees and listened to their issues since 2006 it says and th Stories are told via video, photography, poetry, music and journalism.
Liz Manne, Executive Director of FilmAid said:“Our goal with DADAAB STORIES is to help open up a window between global audiences and the extraordinary and inspiring community in Dadaab, people we’re privileged to work with every day.”
“Normally the media only shows up in these far-flung, dusty corners of the globe when headlines are screaming. But it’s important to know that life goes on in Dadaab every day — real, human life in all its colors. Stubborn, confounding, rich, beautiful, comic, messy — often devastating — yet sometimes glorious. These lives — and their stories — are real, they count and they deserve to be known,” she added.
FilmAid believes everyone in the Dadaab refugee camp has a story to tell, and this is the place to share these stories. Just like Dadaab itself, Dadaab Stories is always changing, and new content is added regularly. To help tell more stories, FilmAid International, also facilitates The Refugee Newspaper to fill the need for mass communication to their refugee camp’s population of nearly 500,000 people.
The portal also has an arts section, to portay the music, photography, art and drama of the lives of the people in the camps. It has profiles to show the lessons campers have learnt or learnt before coming to the camp and features people who have been resettled from camps and living better lives such as Suud spent 20 years of his life in Dadaab, before being resettled to Nashville, TN last June.
Suud explains what challenges and joys befall him as a newly resettled refugee on the portal and other stories by volunteers, community reporters and interns working with humanitarian organisations. Dadaabvoices.org also has a section those free in the society can contribute to their stories through donations or sharing of their skills.
Since 1992 CARE has provided food, water and sanitation to over 400,000 refugees majority of them from Somalia and to make it worse, some 1,300 refugees are joining this camps each day which were designed for just 90,000 people.
Watch trailer here.