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MCC rep visits Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya (MCC Photo/Ron Ratzlaff)

(MCC Photo/Ron Ratzlaff)

MCC rep visits Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya

October 26, 2011

Despite overcrowded conditions, students and teachers are establishing classroom routines in the Hagadera camp in the Dadaab refugee complex in northeast Kenya, said Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) representative Ron Ratzlaff who visited the camp Oct. 10-12. Refugees from Somalia are fleeing to Kenya to escape violence and hunger in their drought-stricken home country. Educational support is one of the major needs in this camp that has a population of 45,000 school-age children. About 20,000 attend school. The camp has 350 teachers but only 70 have completed secondary education. MCC is responding through the Lutheran World Federation to improve the quality of education and access to education in the Hagadera refugee camp.

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