Social problems faced by women refugees in Dadaab Refugee Camp, North-Eastern Kenya
This was an exploratory study of the social problems faced by women refugees in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Northern Kenya. In specific terms, the study sought to establish the social problems faced by women refugees in Daadab Refugee Camp comprising of Dagahaley, Hagadera and Ifo. This study was conducted among 50 women refugees conveniently sampled across Dadaab Refugee Camp. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, key informant interviews, case narratives and observation. Data were collected through case narratives and IDS were analysed thematically while observation data have been pictorially presented. The findings indicate that the social problems faced by women refugees at Dadaab Refugee Camp include poor conditions of shelter, inadequate space, language barriers, violence, rape and defilement at the service seeking points and high level of isolation amongst those who lost their family members in the event of migrating into the camp. These problems obviously arise from the women's refugee situation. It is, therefore, recommended that these problems be addressed by those responsible for the welfare of the refugees at Daadab. The Kenya Red Cross Society, by virtue of being a leading humanitarian organization, should playa co-ordinating role in harmonizing the intervention strategies of other agencies. Finally, mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that social justice is pursued and sustained and that the perpetrators of heinous acts such as gender based-violence, i.e. rape, defilement, physical violence and murder, are punished.