Carol Bradley | November 9, 2015
In June 2014, Raouf Mazou, the representative in Kenya for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees invited economic anthropologist Rahul Oka — Ford Family Assistant Professor of Anthropology and fellow in the Kellogg Institute — to speak at a workshop on refugee issues that fall.
“Representatives were there from the World Bank, UNDP (United Nations Development Program), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). All the acronyms were there,” Oka said.
It’s a difficult topic to condense into a PowerPoint presentation of three or four slides. “For a topic like this?” he said. “There were a variety of opinions, even within institutions. Sixty million people are refugees as we speak. One person every eight minutes becomes a refugee.”