Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

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Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

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The changes in food consumption practices experienced after displacement can have serious implications for the health of refugees. These changes can also reflect and express cultural loss and shifts in social structures and habits. Altering and reconstructing food consumption habits and feeding practices is integral to people’s adjustment to and experience of displacement. However, research on the nature and impacts of changing food consumption practices among displaced populations, particularly those living in urban areas in the developing world, is scarce. The following report describes the findings of a 12-month exploratory study that aimed to document changes in food consumption among a group of self-settled southern Sudanese refugees living in Cairo. The study used a combination of traditional nutrition science data collection methods and qualitative anthropological interview techniques in order to explore different aspects of changing food intake and reconstruction of diet.