Join YPFP at Refugees International for an advanced screening of the 2016 film, The Invisible City, followed by Q+A and discussion with Mark Yarnell, the Senior Advocate at Refugees International. YPFP has been given permission from the director to screen the documentary film, which is focused on the stories of four residents of Kenya's Kakuma camp.
The Kenyan government is threatening (again) to close its doors on the many refugees and asylum seekers who now call Kenya's refugee camps home. Dadaab, the largest camp in Kenya, is effectively the country's third largest city. For the Kenyan government to follow through on its threats, the country would have to relocate more than half a million people. Yet, the Department of Refugee Affairs has already been disbanded, leaving refugees in "administrative limbo," unable to get passes required to move through Kenya beyond the camps, or even gain access to medical care.
This potential crisis over the status of refugees in Kenya links to a broader discussion: Kenya is far from the only state that is intensifying hostilities towards the refugees who live within its borders for the sake of political expediency. At present, questions of migration, refuge and citizenship are a defining thread of any complete conversation on foreign policy, making Kenya's threats to close its camps all the more relevant and concerning.
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