Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Letter from the editor

Posted in Letter from the Editor by KANERE on July 23, 2012

Dear KANERE readers here and abroad,

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your loyalty to both exile journalists in KANERE and our supporters who find our work meaningful out of Kakuma refugee camp.

The past four months were generally calm inside the camp though a few cases of insecurity incidents have been reported in parts of the settlement. However, life was marked by different phenomena like natural calamities. The heavy downpour between the months of March to May caused flooding that resulted in five refugees and two members of the host community being drowned. March to June received plenty of rain, it was mild, and it was cold, warm and flooding. That is all about the weather.

In this edition: The influx of new arrivals to Kakuma following the communal conflicts, bombings and border violence for Sudanese. For Somalis violent conflicts, suicide attacks and inhuman crimes committed by Al-Shabaab insurgents are still forcing thousands of children and women into the 20 year old camp of Dadaab which now holds the shameful name of being the biggest refugee camp in the world. Dadaab Camp explosions and kidnappings are continuing and have paralyzed the humanitarian life saving operation in that camp which holds an estimated population of 500,000 refugees by mid July. In Turkana County the host communities saw a new dawn of hope after oil was discovered in the region. Several other stories constituted our publication. Yet again thousands of the camp residents turned up to commemorate the World Refugee Day in Kakuma camp this year.

KANERE has been running on a voluntary basis and amicable funding for the continuation of a refugee voice out of Kakuma has been stonewalled. As you can imagine, volunteers are working without payment. However, we feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to continue publishing for our audience – a role represented by the reporting project. We all try to do the best we can with no resources. As this situation is critical for the paper, we appeal to those who better understand KANERE to take a step forward in support of the refugee voice.

I’m happy to say that we appreciate the legal back up from press freedom and defenders’ groups. We seek potential supporters who will always stand with us, and should continue to be authentic in times ahead.

We direct and advise our audience and readers at internship to visit our archives online to find past and current editions of KANERE. And we remain as ever focused on balanced, independent and quality reporting.

I welcome any and all suggestions, critical questions or criticisms in relation to KANERE’s work. We also invite news tips from camp residents, members of the host community, humanitarian officials and our readers from abroad.

Thank you very much for reading,

Sincerely,

KANERE editor in chief

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Quotes of the month for March to June 2012

Posted in Quotes of the Month, Uncategorized by KANERE on July 23, 2012

“We were told to build walls 3 months ago; my children are still living in the tent. The sun is burning in this plastic,”

- H. Biyamungu, who arrived in February/ “Increased camp Population”

“In Kenya refugees have rights. We advocate that their legal protection is upheld while they live in Kenya,”

- RCK local NGO Manager/ “World Refugee Day”

I arrived in Kakuma on 3rd July 1992. I feel like I have lived for 100 years in the camp. In such life, one cannot view life in other end except UNHCR. A life where one depend worse of all.

- Lueth M. a primary school teacher/ “Community Talking Point”

“I fled from Mankeen in Unity State when I heard gunshots in the dead of the night, that morning we were also bombed by military plane,”

- Nyakwoth a south Sudanese new arrival at DRA office/ “Increased Camp Population”

“At the moment there’re already two wells dug. Oil resource will be a national wide development. Bi-lateral understandings with investors are already on,”

- Mr. Wekesa Wafula – Turkana District Information Officer/ “Oil Discovery in Turkana”

“We have reported the matter but the police here were not serious with their job. We don’t trust them either,”

- An anonymous Nubian youth/ “Sudanese inter – community conflict”

“We have asked UNHCR about the lack of bumps on this road. Security patrol vehicles are always over speeding yet there not been insecurity alarm every hours of the day. It scares everyone,”

- A Somali refugee leader in Kakuma 1/ “Road Repair in Kakuma”

“We don’t keep data of natural calamities. Ten people may get drowned but we might only receive three bodies,”

- affirmed a clinical official at the IRC/ “Drowning”

“Today reminds refugees of our flight. It is very sad that we had no option in life, however, I am thankful about the support both UNHCR and Kenya government is providing,”

- Abdikadir M. a Somali refugee leader/ “World Refugee Day”

“I was freely walking from church. I was beaten by 6 Nubians. I will not be happy in my life now,”

- Yom B. a victim of conflict/ “Sudanese inter – community conflict”

“I was using motorbike. It suddenly landed me in a ditch. My mouth hit a hard ground and I lost two teeth,” 

                  - Lami, N. a Sudanese woman at Kakuma 1 zone 3 block 6/ “Road Repair in Kakuma”

Refugee Day should be commemorated in a special way by giving refugees special gifts or special food ration during the distribution cycle rather than inviting them to dance, I hate that practice.

- Ingabine Rose a Congolese/ “Community Talking Point”

“The good result was as a result of hard work. Our pupils were also serious,”

- Chala head teacher at Lokitang School/ “A camp primary school emerged best in KCPE 2011”

Refugee trauma counseling

Posted in Human Rights, News Updates by KANERE on July 23, 2012

 

Residents of Kakuma Camp are in need of trauma counseling (more…)

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Increased population in Kakuma camp

Posted in News Updates by KANERE on July 23, 2012

An influx of new arrivals from Sudan, South Sudan, Great Lakes and other countries and for the first time an Iranian (more…)

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Drowning

Posted in News Updates by KANERE on July 23, 2012

The heavy downpour in the months of April and May has led to seven people drowning (more…)

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Road repair in Kakuma

Posted in Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on July 23, 2012

The main road that connects the Humanitarian premises and the refugee camp settlement is currently under repair. (more…)

World Refugee Day

Posted in Community and Culture, News Updates by KANERE on July 23, 2012

Theme of the year: One person forced to flee is too many! (more…)

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A primary school in the camp emerged best in KCPE

Posted in Education, News Updates by KANERE on July 23, 2012

Lokitang Primary School in Kakuma Camp emerged best in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in Turkana West (more…)

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Sudanese inter-community conflict

Posted in Peace and Security, Uncategorized by KANERE on July 23, 2012

In Kakuma camp a conflict between two Sudanese communities has resulted in one dead and several others seriously injured. (more…)

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Oil discovery in Turkana

Posted in Kakuma Town and Kenya by KANERE on July 23, 2012

   The most marginalized Turkana population sees a new dawn of hope as oil is discovered in the region (more…)

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Community talking point: World Refugee Day

Posted in Community and Culture by KANERE on July 23, 2012

KANERE talks to camp residents on the latest hot topic: What do you think about the World Refugee Day? Their perspective constitutes diverse for public opinion.

World Refugee Day should not be celebrated because it encourages others to become refugees. Exile life is dangerous, you don’t have any rights, protection, justice or future. We are treated as object for other people’s business.

- Mutichaw Mote an Ethiopia

Refugee Day should be commemorated in a special way by giving refugees special gifts or special food ration during the distribution cycle rather than inviting them to dance, I hate that practice.

- Ingabine Rose a Congolese

My perception is sadistic on this day. We are disadvantaged or suffering people. It helps to create awareness on refugees and the role UNHCR are playing on them in relation to camp existence.

- Daniel Yol South Sudanese.

I believe Refugee Day is not for celebration but for mourning for being a refugee. It’s worst being outside one’s country.

- Ayan S. Peace facilitator with LWF

To me exile life is better than refugee life when you have external support. As I have experience, man, it’s hell in the camp, like in a prison. I don’t have rights like other Kenyans.

- Bishar H. a Burundian

UNHCR has been doing little to educate refugees on cohesive living like peaceful coexistence. I would request for more peace initiative campaigns to reduce stereotypes among communities.

- Jimmy a Sudanese – Dinka primary school teacher

Being a refugee is bad. You are deprived of most of your rights and freedom. I don’t see the purpose of music and dances to make UNHCR and NGOs pleased yet there’s no recognition in it.

- Rukunda Jean a Rwandan

This day will only cause a heartburn as I kept on bathing in salty swamp of Kakuma. When the sun goes down the camp becomes dark. I feel like I am alive in the daylight and then dead at night.

- Shamso an Ethiopian KANERE reader

I see no meaning of this day. I have lived here for 6 years with no recognition from both UNHCR and Kenya government. My desire is to go back home when peace prevail in my homeland.

- Wechtour Ethiopian Nuer leader

This day makes me feel very sad; I am a voluntary prisoner in Kakuma. I can’t move freely. I don’t see any reason for cheering the day. We should rather preach peace to prevail in the world. Everything is corrupted here, let the UNHCR think right and give us quicker durable solution.

- Elros an Ethiopian

The day reminds me of the entire bad thing I went through in Kenya. I think we are only refugees physically but not in mind and heart. Refugee process is not fair because resettlement is corrupt. Many refugees have stayed for 20 years still with no hope of being resettled.

- Lallo Osman Sudanese – Nubian

The first thing that comes in my mind is my branded name ‘refugee’. It reflects on death, injuries. Living life full of humiliation and rejections, you have no consideration despite the lies going around claims of human rights, their rights.

- Abdullahi Ahmed a Somali

I am bored of this day. I am tired of being a refugee. Lack of freedom made us to flee home. Living away from family is worst. I still hope for life though. It’s terrible life of restriction by fellow men of the world.

- Adan an Ethiopian Ogaden leader Kakuma 2

This is not a good moment in refugee life. It reminds me of bombings, killings and escape. It’s the worst thing especially when all your rights are denied while we live in Kakuma. Life is doomed.

- Fardosa Ali Kakuma 3

I arrived in Kakuma on 3rd July 1992. I feel like I have lived for 100 years in the camp. In such life, one cannot view life in other end except UNHCR. A life where one depend worse of all.

- Lueth Michael a primary school teacher in Kakuma

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