Film launch: Protracted displacement and urban crises

Date: Monday, 28 September 2020
Where: Online
A view from above of densely packed homes.

An overhead view of Mathare, a low-income settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, taken from the documentary (copyright Know Your City TV)

On Monday, 28 September 2020, IIED premiered a film telling the stories of urban refugees in Kenya. This event was held to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly and featured a Q&A with the documentary makers and other urban experts

The 'Protracted displacement and urban crises' film documents the experiences of a handful of refugee households living in Mathare – an informal settlement – in Nairobi, Kenya.

In interviews in their homes, women and men from Ethiopia, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo speak frankly about the events that caused them to flee, their struggles finding shelter and work in Nairobi, and how COVID-19 is impacting on their lives and livelihoods.

Their stories demonstrate how little assistance they receive as refugees, and the challenges they face dealing with the authorities and humanitarian agencies.


Sarah Tucker (, assistant coordinator, IIED's Human Settlements research group