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City of Thorns: A Conversation with Ben Rawlence (Washington, D.C.)

  • When
  • January 7, 2016
    11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C.
    1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 7th Floor
    Washington, DC 20006
    United States of America
  • In partnership with
  • Politics and Prose

Please join the Open Society Foundations and Politics and Prose for the launch of Ben Rawlence’s new book, City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp.

Rawlence spent four years living and working in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, situated on the Somali–Kenyan border. In City of Thorns, he interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.

A reception will follow the event.


  • Open Society Fellow Ben Rawlence is a former researcher wth Human Rights Watch in the Horn of Africa and is the author of Radio Congo. 
  • Karen Attiah (moderator) is the opinions deputy digital editor for the Washington Post.

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