A Homemade Museum in a Refugee Camp

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Tens of thousands of refugees from the civil war in Yemen have fled across the narrow Mandeb Strait to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa.  Nicolas Niarchos reported for The New Yorker from Djibouti, where Yemeni refugees cross paths with Ethiopians escaping a devastating drought. In one camp, he met a man whom aid workers described of as a kind of Peter Pan. Abdillahi Bashraheel was once a road surveyor in Yemen who lost everything in the war.  Now, he walks the desert miles each day to pick up broken toys, electronics, wood, stone, and other bits and bobs. He arranges and assembles these objects in his tent to create what he calls his museum—a place of beauty and respite, in desperate circumstances.