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I came here with my husband and children from Kismayu, where we were farmers, growing maize, bananas, mangoes, tomatoes – all kinds of things. It was all looted, taken from us by the militiamen. People were raped and killed.

Photographs by Matias Costa.

I am part of a group of women who work together to provide for our families. We are sexual survivors, widows and divorcees. At first we survived gathering firewood from the bush to sell in the camp. Then we sold sweets and snacks, before we applied to the IRC for support to start the bakery.

Life is a bit better now. Going out into the bush was dangerous, but now we work at the bakery we can stay close to our families. We have to get up at four in the morning to start the bread, but we can buy books and pens for our children to take to school.

We are always grateful for what God has provided, but in 20 years that I have lived in Kenya I have never once left this camp. When I think about Somalia, I think of the freedom we used to have and I hope that Somalia will come back to the world so we can go back to our homeland.
Shukri
Hagadera refugee camp, Kenya
Hagadera refugee camp, Kenya
Shukri
Shukri
Hagadera refugee camp, Kenya
Hagadera refugee camp, Kenya
Shukri
Shukri
Hagadera refugee camp, Kenya
Hagadera refugee camp, Kenya
Shukri