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Somali Refugees Fill Camps In Kenya

Refugee camps in Kenya house hundreds of thousands of refugees from civil war and deprivation in their native Somalia. U.S. intelligence officials fear terrorist groups find desperate recruits amid the stagnant life in the camps. The refugees face food and water shortages, overcrowding and malaria.

Somali refugee Abukar Ahmed Keniar, 12, is held by his uncle Noor Hassan Noor at a refugee complex in Dadaab, Kenya.

Somali refugee Abukar Ahmed Keniar, 12, is held by his uncle Noor Hassan Noor at a refugee complex in Dadaab, Kenya.

Photo by Spencer Platt

Credit: Getty Images

Young Somalis walk down a street at a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. The Dadaab refugee complex in northeastern Kenya, which consists of three separate camps, has been in operation for 18 years and is home to some 289,500 people.

Young Somalis walk down a street at a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. The Dadaab refugee complex in northeastern Kenya, which consists of three separate camps, has been in operation for 18 years and is home to some 289,500 people.

Photo by Spencer Platt

Credit: Getty Images

Somali refugees seek information about a move to a different displacement camp due to overcrowding August 24, 2008 in Dadaab, Kenya.

Somali refugees seek information about a move to a different displacement camp due to overcrowding August 24, 2008 in Dadaab, Kenya.

Photo by Spencer Platt

Credit: Getty Images

A Somali child stands outside his make-shift home in at a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

A Somali child stands outside his make-shift home in at a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

Photo by Spencer Platt

Credit: Getty Images

Men dig through a refuse dump in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18, 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. Referred to locally as 'Little Mogadishu', Eastleigh is home to thousands of Somalis who have fled war-ravaged Somalia in recent years.

Men dig through a refuse dump in Eastleigh, a predominantly Muslim Somali neighborhood on August 18, 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. Referred to locally as 'Little Mogadishu', Eastleigh is home to thousands of Somalis who have fled war-ravaged Somalia in recent years.

Photo by Spencer Platt

Credit: Getty Images

A view of some of the make-shift homes in a refugee complex August 23, 2009 in Dadaab, Kenya.

A view of some of the make-shift homes in a refugee complex August 23, 2009 in Dadaab, Kenya.

Photo by Spencer Platt

Credit: Getty Images

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