Ben Rawlence | City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp
Where:Inner Courtyard of the Capitol Music Theatre, Piłsudskiego 67
It was built in the early 1990s in Kenya for – as then estimated – about 90,000 Somali refugees. It was to be temporary. More than 25 years later it is a one of its kind metropolis. With more than 300,000 people (at its peak more than half a million), Dadaab is currently the largest refugee camp in the world. And at the same time it is the fourth largest city in Kenya. City of Thorns tells the story of nine inhabitants of this extreme place, the existence of which is hard to believe.
Ben Rawlence worked for many years for Human Rights Watch. With his reportage he wanted to show the problem of the Dadaab camp to the international public. City of Thorns was among the finalists for the Ryszard Kapuściński Award in 2018.
The guest of the meeting will be Sergiusz Kowalski – sociologist, columnist, translator, mathematician. Active member of Workers' Defense Committee (KOR) in 1970s. Author of, among others, A Critique of Solidarity's Reason and Instead of a Trial: a Report on the Language of Hatred (with Magdalena Tulli). Awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for outstanding achievements in activities promoting democratic transformation in Poland.