From the air, the refugee camps on Kenya’s dusty north-eastern plain resemble a densely packed city with plots laid out neatly on a grid, with roads intersecting neighbourhoods. On the ground, these camps along the Somali border, which have housed refugees for 18 years, seem more like a permanent municipality than a temporary settlement. There are markets, mosques and schools as well as an internet cafe.

But to the young Somalis, many of whom have lived most of their lives in the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex, the camps are more like a prison than a home.

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