Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Collapsed Shelter Kills Infant, Injures Another

Posted in Health, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on April 16, 2012

A decrepit refugee shelter in Kakuma 1 collapsed suddenly after the weakened brick layers fell apart.

The house, which is located in Kakuma 1, Zone 3, Block 9, suddenly collapsed causing serious injuries to two young babies who were in the house. The incident happened on the 7th of December, 2011 at 14:30Hrs. The UNHCR and National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) were implementing a refugee shelter programme at Kakuma.

The shelters of many refugees are in bad conditions and will require urgent intervention as shelters were not made out of durable materials, requiring annual review and assessment for better housing. Refugees have been asking several questions in regard to shelter problems in the camp. “Why shouldn’t refugees be built durable shelters given that the camps have existed for decades?” asked a shelter committee member in Kakuma 1. The current shelters use temporary bricks that can easily be washed away in a single heavy downpour and flooding.

The house that measured 3x4M collapsed from behind inwards while a nine-month old baby was enjoying her sleep away from the burning sun of Turkana. The mother was outside the house washing clothes and utensils when the house slowly came down to the ground. She stated in the interview with KANERE, that she had just breastfed her younger daughter when she started falling asleep moments before the brick walls fell apart and collapsed. Another baby girl aged four and a half years was also in the house when the thatch roofed house of muddy mould bricks wall fell down. Both babies suffered several injuries while the nine-month old suffered more severe injuries and some suffocation from the bricks.

The two babies were rushed to the refugee hospital with their mother, and nine-month old was urgently referred to Kakuma Mission Hospital where treatment was provided. As the injuries sustained by the baby girl were too pervasive, she died at 22:00Hrs of the same day under treatment at Kakuma Mission hospital. The body of the child was released to the family for burial on the 8th December 2011 at the Kakuma 2 grave yard.

The family was profoundly distraught by the incident. “I had no control, I breastfed my baby before the house collapsed. The quick sleep overtook the baby and her elder sister who was also in the house due to the hot sun outside. I was frightened by the sudden collapse,” said the mother of late Niyomuremyi Blandine

In response to the incident, a few days later the shelter and filed units visited the scene. The family of the victim was provided with bricks for wall construction and roofing materials were given after a week; however the head of the family still complains that the doors of the house have still not been fixed when interviewed by KANERE.

The MIX ME End Line Survey 2010

Posted in Health, Humanitarian Services by KANERE on June 30, 2010

The mix me end line survey kicked on from the month of February to March this year. (more…)

Cholera Outbreak Threatens Thousands of Refugees & Locals

Posted in Health, News Updates by KANERE on December 22, 2009

Cholera broke out in Kakuma as water shortages in the camp became insurmountable. Local breweries and eateries were ordered to shut down their businesses for ten days in an attempt to curb infection. Camp Zones Four, Kakuma Four and local villages of Kalobeyei, Natiir, Nalemsokoni and Nakirkodapal are strongly affected by the epidemic.

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World Food Program Kicks Off 2nd Mix-Me Nutritional Supplement Survey

Posted in Health, Humanitarian Services by KANERE on December 22, 2009

Kakuma refugees express their concerns about the Mix-Me nutritional supplement provided by the World Food Program and UNHCR, demanding healthy, natural additions to the food ration basket.

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Health of Young Children in Kakuma Camp

Posted in Health by KANERE on July 16, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 5-6 / May-June 2009

Under Five Years Children Life in Kakuma Refugee Camp

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MixMe Nutritional Supplement Raises Questions

Posted in Health, Humanitarian Services by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

Refugees raise critical questions about the “product rollout” of a new nutritional supplement called Mix Me.

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Selling What They Have: Commercial Sex Workers

Posted in Health by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

Commercial sex workers in Kakuma Refugee Camp report that they are forced by poverty and dependency to resort to their profession, despite grave risks

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Refugee Children Face Unknown Developmental Disorders

Posted in Health by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

For children living with unknown developmental disorders in Kakuma Camp, the medical situation is unpromising and the future profoundly uncertain.

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Insufficient Food Supply Leads to Trade and Bartering

Posted in Business and Development, Health by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

With food supplies already meager, refugees must exchange food items for staples such as charcoal, leaving them hungry.

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JRS Advocates for Mentally Vulnerable

Posted in Health, Humanitarian Services by KANERE on February 28, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 3 / February 2009

 With three-quarters of the refugee population suffering some degree of trauma, JRS has a critical role in providing counseling and psychological services for the mentally vulnerable (more…)

One Girl’s Story: Struggling to Overcome the Odds

Posted in Health by KANERE on February 28, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 3 / February 2009

A Sudanese girl attempted to commit suicide on Christmas Eve after facing enormous challenges; now, she and her younger sister remain alone, waiting for resettlement to Australia (more…)

Refugees Alarmed at Change in Food Rations

Posted in Health by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Sacks of food rations

Sacks of food rations

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009


Refugees were alarmed to see that the food ration package distributed in the second week of January replaced wheat flour with yellow maize meal. Yellow maize meal is rarely eaten even by communities whose staple food is maize. The current malnutrition rate in Kakuma Camp is 15.9 percent of the population, according to a recent UN survey. (more…)

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