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WORD ON THE STREETS IN NAIROBI IS 'MODE'

Toen we ons modenummer maakten waren we geobsedeerd door mode, en zoals je weet loopt de mond over van waar het hart vol van is. We spraken een vriendin die in Nairobi geheime zaken doet voor een niet zo geheime organisatie, en zij liet zich ontvallen dat de kids die ze af en toe in een achterstandswijk in Nairobi ziet er best wel stijlvol uitzien. "Maak je foto's dan?" vroegen we, en dat deed ze. Hier zijn ze, met een verhaaltje van hoe en wat.

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These photos are taken in Eastleigh, the Somalian neighborhood in East Nairobi. Ever since the civil war broke out in Somalia this has become a hub for refugees from the camps of Dadaab and Kakuma. These refugees want a better life in the USA, or if that's not possible, the UK, Sweden or the Netherlands. The Kenyan government isn't too happy with the refugees, so there aren't that many accommodations for the fugees. Hardly any paved roads, garbage collection or sanitation.

Kids in this neighborhood wear uniforms up untill they're twelve. Girls all wear hijab's. When kids get older, they mostly wear jeans and T-shirts and footballshirt. High end fashion it is not, but what I like most about it is the fact that even though these kids are refugees, they still try their best to dress as fancy as possible, even though some of them have never even celebrated their own birthdays, sadly enough.

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