African Urbanism

Hidden Voices: Urban Refugees is a video produced by the International Rescue Committee and MediaServe International. The short film highlights the daily struggles facing thousands of urban refugees living in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. In their own words, the refugees tell of how they face poverty, harassment and violence as they make their way in the urban environment.

The video illustrates the many issues highlighted in a new report Hidden and Exposed: Urban Refugees in Nairobi, Kenya which you can read at

Special thanks to:
Staff of the International Rescue Committee in Kenya,
Amina Abdi, Amina Bashir, Tsegay Geleta and Kadir Mumad Umer,
Kituo Cha Sheria, Zindua Afrika.

Written by: Joanne Offer & John Gyovai

Cinematography: John Gyovai & Ken Oloo

Editing: John Gyovai Color Correction/Audio Mixing: Team Video

Music: “The Light” The Album Leaf

“Nani, Nani” Neema Ntalel, Kora Award Winner, 2005
All rights reserved

Photography: Peter Biro, IRC, John Gyovai, Ken Oloo

Production partners:
Cool Lights, Audio Video Electronics, Lens Rentals, CineCue Music

Equipment used: Canon 7D, Canon 17-55 IS 2.8, Canon 70-200 F4

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