Boy Flees Somalia Alone, Plans To Return As Doctor

Published on 13 July 2011

Dawude, 15, abandoned his home in Somalia and embarked on a lonely four-day walk to the Kenyan border and the Dadaab refugee camp where WFP is providing food assistance to refugees. He is one of thousands fleeing conflict and drought in southern Somalia.

DADAAB -- Dawude, who walked all the way from his home in the Gedo Province of Somalia to the Kenyan border, says conflict and drought has made life "very dangerous". 

In this short video, he says he came to Kenya to get an education because he wants to become a doctor. "There are people in Somalia with many problems," he says, "so I want to treat them."

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Rose Ogola

Public Information Officer in Kenya

Rose joined WFP in 2009 and is currently Public Information Officer for Kenya.