Life is tough in Kebribeyah whether your refugee or not. Food is scarce and water is more precious than gold. Kebribeyah is a small border town in eastern Ethiopia, where a refugee camp was established some 70 years ago to provide shelter for the increasing number of Somali refugees fleeing the neighboring war-torn country. In the early 1990s some 600,000 Somali refugees were sheltered in eight camps in eastern Ethiopia, including Kebribeyah. In 2008 Kebribeyah was the largest refugee camp in Ethiopia. It held around 17,000 people practically overwhelming the local town, depleating its resources and impeding its sustainability.