Opening Address

Ben Rawlence

Go beyond the headlines and explore the morally urgent issue of refugees and displacement.

United Kingdom

Octagon Theatre, UWA

Tickets $25–$40

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‘Rawlence has written a book that just might change the world ... A tour de force.’

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Go beyond the headlines and explore the morally urgent issue of refugees and displacement.

City of Thorns (or Dadaab) in Northern Kenya is the world’s largest refugee camp and home to half a million people. To the charity workers it is a humanitarian crisis, to the Kenyan government it is a ‘nursery for terrorists’ and to the western media it is a dangerous no-go area. But to the many that call it home – it is their last resort.

Ben Rawlence rst visited Dadaab Refugee Camp as a researcher for Human Rights Watch. Over four years he came to know many of the inhabitants, from new arrivals to those born and raised in the camp. In City of Thorns Rawlence takes us beyond the headlines to explore the morally urgent issue of refugees and displacement through the reality of the daily lives of nine individuals.

 

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Octagon Theatre, UWA

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