Siegfried Modola in Somalia




“Drought spreading across the Horn of Africa and famine in Somalia has triggered an exodus of over 225,000 people from Somalia into neighbouring countries. Years of civil war and violence combined with this new crisis have led to the internal displacement of an additional 1.5 million Somalis in the country.

Shoot the Earth photographer Siegfried Modola recently visited Dadaab documenting the crisis from the East and Horn of Africa.

A woman with her children prepares for the 75 kilometres relocation journey into one of the three refugee camps around Dadaab town organised by IOM in Hamey, eight kilometres across the Kenya border.


Since January 2011, the Dadaab refugee complex has received an increase of over 140,000 refugees with 95.7 per cent of these being Somalis. Most of the new arrivals have made an arduous trek across an arid route from Somalia, seeking humanitarian assistance as reprieve of the famine.

The famine in Somalia has over 13 million people in dire food insecure situations, demanding life saving humanitarian assistance.”

A father and son look outside the window of a bus as they prepare for the 75 kilometres relocation journey into one of the three refugee camps around Dadaab.

A girl looks outside the window of a bus as she arrives at the Ifo camp, one of the three main refugee camps around the town of Dadaab, in northeastern Kenya after a 75 kilometres relocation journey eight kilometres across the Kenya-Somalia border.

A woman holds her child tight as she steps ou of a bus as she arrives at the Ifo camp, one of the three main refugee camps around the town of Dadaab.

A UNHCR community worker places a UNHCR band for the newly arrived refugees on Hawo’s wrist while her three years old son Aden looks on at the Ifo reception centre in Dadaab.

Eight months old Mohamed gets immunised against Measels at the Ifo reception centre in Dadaab, Kenya.

A general view shows a water distribution point at the Ifo extension camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

Fatima prepares a meal for her children at the Ifo extension camp for the new arrivals in Dadaab, Kenya.

Twenty eight years old Howa tells of her story as she hold her recently born baby at the UNHCR reception centre in Ifo camp in Dadaab, north-eastern Kenya.

A young girl poses in her shelter at the Ifo extension for the newly arrived in Dadaab.

Girls recite the English alphabet at a temporary tented school at the Ifo extension camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

Pupils attend class at the Ifo Primary School in Dadaab.

Men walk as a dust twister moves in the background near the Ifo camp in Dadaab.

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