The purpose of this blog to inform anyone who might be interested about refugee issues, an increasingly important global issue. All of the information provided on this site will be gathered from a combination of academic resources, newspaper articles, resources provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and finally by my own research in refugee camps. This next year I will be living in Kakuma refugee camp in north-west Kenya conducting my research on South Sudanese transnational refugee communities. While in Kakuma, I plan on researching facilities within the camp, various issues that refugees face (such as insecurity or inadequate aid disbursement), and learning about refugees’ life experiences and telling their stories to the world.
About the Author
Deirdre Patterson is a cultural anthropology PhD student at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Her current research focuses on transnational communities and remittance exchange patterns among South Sudanese refugees. Her work emphasizes agency and alternative means to livelihood development, particularly in protracted refugee populations.