Traveling the Path to Nowhere

The United Nations, created Kakuma Refugee Camp, located in Central Kenya in 1992. There are more than refugees living there as a consequence of war or persecution within the continent today. Photographer Marti Corn visits the camp two times a year to  document the Lost Boys of Sudan who live in Kakuma. Early one morning in 2016, Corn stumbled upon a vantage point and took a walk. She’s been making photographs there ever since, resulting in the series “Road to Nowhere.”

The project is a departure from the intimate portraiture Corn types in bodies of work. While shooting “Road to Nowhere,” she was an anonymous runner, standing 30 feet away.

“Life in a refugee camp isn’t anything but normal,” says Corn, nevertheless the locals establish routines that provide a feeling of construction. “They send their children to school,” she says, “they prepare traditional meals, they gather with friends and family to play with chess to forget their troubles but remember their lives in their home states.”

Corn believes it’s misleading to imply that refugee camps are a housing option. “The reality is that only .089% of refugees will be resettled,” she adds.

“The cruel irony is that several take out this road,” says Corn, “my greatest challenge is not to lose my hope in mankind.”

-Sarah Stacke

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