Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Open Letter to the UNHCR Office

Posted in Arts, Opinion by KANERE on August 16, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the Office of UN – High Commissioner for Refugees, Switzerland, Geneva.

Subject: Arbitrary arrest and deportation of refugees in Nairobi (more…)

Rights Violation Under Warehousing – By Brett Shadle

Posted in Contributors, Human Rights, News Updates, Opinion by KANERE on January 8, 2014

Do refugees have the right to know about the impacts of decision making on their futures, lives as they live in limbo? (more…)

Perceptions of Aid Organizations in Kakuma Refugee Camp

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on August 21, 2011

By Michele James-Deramo, Virginia Tech

Introduction: Uncovering Voice

In the book What is the What? author David Eggers gives voice to Valentino Achak Deng, who escaped violence in his village of Marial Bai and joined the walking boys in a journey from the southern Sudan, to asylum in Ethiopia and Kenya, and eventually to third country resettlement in the United States.  The novelized memoir, written as a litany that moves between the challenges of his new life in the United States and the perils of displacement, flight and encampment, serves to also bring the reader into places remote and foreign to Westerners: specifically, the refugee camp.  Much of Valentino’s formative years were spent in camps — first at Pinyudo, a makeshift camp along the Gilo River in Ethiopia and later at Kakuma, a UNHCR site where he was officially registered as a refugee. (more…)

Opinion: Being a Refugee in Mind and Life

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on November 8, 2010

Being a refugee is not an easy matter; it exerts strong impact on different aspects of life and mental peace. (more…)

Community Talking Point: What do you think of government involvement in camp life?

Posted in Community and Culture, Opinion by KANERE on November 8, 2010

What do you think of the Kenyan Government involvement in management of the camp, the security situation, decision-making bodies, and refugee feedback mechanisms? (more…)

The Forest Has Changed But The Monkeys Are Still The Same

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on June 30, 2010
An Angry opinion piece by Kumsa Keno a Refugee contributor to KANERE from Kakuma, A message on the world Refugee Day. (more…)


Posted in Opinion by KANERE on June 30, 2010

A contribution opinion piece by John perkin’s (journalist student) asking the question on the efficiency and accountability of the rescuing Agency?

Writing as a non-Kenyan and non-refugee, the author nevertheless offers some thoughts about the process of becoming a refugee in Kenya.  (more…)

You Can’t Live Without Sorrow, But You Can Choose to Live a Happy Life

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on December 22, 2009

Anyone can feel truly happy in whatever circumstances they may encounter. Though we cannot control our environments or what happens around us, we can control what we choose to think about.


We are Poor Because We are Poor

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on December 22, 2009

After considering how common economic reasoning may apply to the African context, the author concludes that Africans suffer not because of poor resources, young histories, colonial legacies, or international interference—but because Africans themselves hold poor attitudes towards development.


The United Nations has Failed the World

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on December 22, 2009

The author argues passionately that the United Nations has done nothing for world peace, and may actually subvert its original mandate by tending to the effects of war—including the practice of refugee warehousing, for example.


Intermarriage in Refugee Communities

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on May 12, 2009

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

An opinion piece on intermarriages between refugee communities and the “luck of love”


Urban Refugees are a Reality

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on May 12, 2009

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

This opinion piece  highlights the plight of refugees who live without permission in urban areas, and asks why the Kenyan Government and UNHCR do not adopt policies that reflect this reality.



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