Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Quotes of the Month January – February 2014

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on March 12, 2014

“I was running, stepping on the bodies of the people lying, some are in their last minutes dying. I don’t know what would happen to them,”

- Chuol Ajak, a Dinka newly arrived southerner, told Kanere at Kakuma 4/ “The Fate of South Sudan”

“This is a good reminder that culture is not really static. While their different songs embody a particular worldview, they seemed united by a common thread; joy was that common thread,”

-  Father Paul Vidal, a Jesuit priest/ “Turkana Wedding Ceremonial”

“We are asking humanitarian support to save the lives of the thousands who are displaced and living in hunger,”

- Turkana County Governor – Josphat Nanok told Kanere/ “Alarming human disaster in Turkana”

“This thing is illegal but we don’t get enough food for children, do we eat stones to live?”

- a woman who wished to remain anonymous stated at Kakuma 1/ “Police raid on illicit brews”

“I was at the scene, the place was very noisy and crowded with drunkard people, and the child was stabbed with a sharp knife and died,”

- A Lotuko woman told Kanere/ “Murder scene at Kakuma 1″

“I was flabbergasted. I never imagined this could happen, I never lit the fire and we didn’t even cook a breakfast that day because there is no food in the house,”

                   - Anger Dowel, a South Sudanese fire victim told Kanere at Kakuma 2/ “Fire Outbreak”    

 “I barely escaped death, in some towns like Bor and Jonglei people are identified by ritual marks and killed,”

- Duop Nhial – a South Sudanese Nuer new arrival – told Kanere/ “The Fate of South Sudan”

 “The child is our pupil who is learning in standard 2 West, the incident happened outside the school compound but we felt strongly sorry about it,”

- A school teacher at Jabel-Marra primary told Kanere/ “Murder scene at Kakuma 1″

“They told us they wanted to be baptized in the Church and become deacons. Since that day, the boys brought many other friends, neighbors, and family members to join the Church,”

- Father Fikremariam, a Monk at the Medhanealem Ethiopian Orthodox church/ “Turkana Wedding Ceremonial”

 “I did not prepare these drinks, it was not mine, I was brought to police station after they beat me,”

                   - The accused, Susan Etati – claimed to have been charged unfairly, she told Kanere/ “Police raid on illicit brews”

 

Quotes of the Month November-December 2013 Edition

Posted in Quotes of the Month, Uncategorized by KANERE on January 8, 2014

“We could not establish the cause of the fire and had no knowledge why the kid’s mother had tied her son in chains except that the boy had mental problems,”

- local security guard told Kanere/ “House fire killed three children”

“We have already taken over the full responsibility for the RSD process from the UNHCR,”

- DRA official in Kakuma office disclosed/ “RSD Transition”

“These forums will target largely the new arrivals among others to enlighten them on the laws as per the Refugee Act, their rights and obligations,”

- Martin Pepela – Programme manager RCK Kakuma – told Kanere/ “RCK’s Legal Awareness Forums”

“I was born in Kenya (Malindi) but my parents came from Kismayo. I am living with nine members of my family in Kakuma. I have never been to Somalia and all I know is about Kenya but despite the fact of owning a nationality by virtue of birth I don’t have a Kenyan Citizenship. The repatriation of Somalis could be premature. The country is not safe or stable. It might have improved by 50% but it’s not the right time to return refugees into that war-torn place. I think the refugee leaders should be allowed to go and see and return mission to understand current situation of peace in Somalia. Therefore, while life in exile is unpredictable the Somali refugees should not be forced to return to Somalia,”

- Ahmed Yusuf, a student at Bor-town secondary school/ “Community Talking Points: Somali repatriation”

“Most of the locals have guns because the two counties share porous borders with Uganda and S. Sudan where they import the firearms from,”

                   - a North Pokot government official said in a comment/ “Pokot militia besiege Turkana villages”

“Refugee communities tremendously thanked your advocacy role and provision to accompany and protect refugee rights in Kenya,”

-  a Congolese Zone 3 refugee leader recognized/ “RCK’s Legal Awareness Forums”   

 

“I ran out of my house due to huge smoke and I saw the house was burning from its roof,”

- Mohamed Qarnole/ “House fire killed three children”

 

“My habitual residence was in Gedo before I fled to Kenya in 2000. The peace in Somalia is still in the hand of the terrorist groups, thus I can’t go back now. The solution would be to make the ground safer for the returnees. People should be able to have access to social needs such as the rights to education, health care and food security. Therefore the International community should facilitate a better structured security for the returnees. You should not just decided to throw people like stones into the desert and watch them dying shamelessly. It may not add value to humanity,”

- M. Said, a social worker with LWF/ “Community Talking Points: Somali repatriation”

 

Quotes of the Month October – November

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on November 30, 2013

“The return of Somali refugees must be voluntary, conducted in safety and dignity.”

- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Guterres told Kenyan officials/ “Somali Repatriation”

 

“We call upon the members of the community to maintain peace, it is unfortunate a child was involved whenever fights broke out,”

- said an LWF peace building official/ “Inter-communal conflicts”

“I was arrested together with 20 others, we had documents but police wish to verify all identification papers,”

- a Somali woman told Kanere in an interview/ “Refugees are not Terrorists”

“Kenya is a fair country in terms of refugee protection and to KANERE, the services we offered are pro bono,”

- said Advocate Rahma Jillo/ “KANERE – Registered as an NGO”

 

“The needs assessment was conducted in 2009 and the first intake in liberal studies was in 2010 where 27 students were able to graduate,”

- Elizabeth Lock, JC-HEM Coordinator, JRS Kakuma/ “Diploma Graduation Ceremony”

“There are 15,000 persons who have not reported to collect food rations, meaning these individuals are not in the camp,”

- a UNHCR official commented in a statement at FDC 3 in the Camp/ “Classified Finger Printing”

“Id is a great day. We should be sharing whatever we have with the most vulnerable and needy members of the community,”

-  urged a Sheikh at a mosque in Kakuma 1/  “Muslims Mark Id-Ul-Adha”

“There’re many courses offered online, after three years, it becomes real to accomplish. Despite a lot of burning heat, I made it here”

                   - Said Ahmed Biwaye, one of the graduates/ “Diploma Graduation Ceremony”

“Surrounded with atrocities, harshness and hardship in the line of war, killing fellow human beings breaks my heart,”

- A Former Sudanese War Child was quoted at a Concert in the Camp/ “Emmanuel Jal’s visit to Kakuma”

 

“There are 160 Nuer which outnumbered only 20 Murle arrested in masses but released after strong warnings,”

- said a government official commented/ “Inter-communal conflicts”  

“I felt humiliated in the cell, I was not given time to speak out before being released with a fine of Kshs 6,000,”

- A tired and hungry sheik told Kanere/ “Refugees are not Terrorists”

 “Kanere News is a platform that does not only cover the refugee issues but includes the marginalized host communities of Turkana. It’s an initiative to be funded equally,”

- said a Turkana District information officer/ “KANERE – Registered as an NGO”

“We’re not ready to go back to Mogadishu, our community is not prepared for it either, it’s not yet safe,”

- M. Gabo a Somali refugee told Kanere/ “Somali Repatriation”

“The refugees felt insecure and harassed to have to present their fingerprints to collect the rations,”

- a refugee zonal leader told Kanere/ “Classified Finger Printing”

Quotes of the months January to June 2013

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on August 28, 2013

“I started living in this camp from 1997 under plastic tents; we don’t want to live for another 16 years again. What is the meaning of permanent shelters in 2013?”

- Aziza Zenawi said in an interview/ “From Tents into Permanent Blocks”

 

“It’s complicated, the attackers are southerners who are masterminded by David Yau-Yau who is Murle by tribe rebelling against the government of South Sudan,”

- Peter Lam told Kanere outside UNHCR premises/ “Kakuma Camp Continues to Receive New Arrivals”

 

“I felt the rain was too strong with flooding, since the time I started living in Kakuma, it never rained like that day,”

- said an eye witness who saw the corpse lying swollen in the river/ “At least six died in Kakuma floods”

“All the assistance provisions were insufficient and irregular rations coming at an intervals of three to five months. We lost six members who died due to starvation in the past,”

- Luomeyana Ekomuwa IDPs leader/ “Marginalized IDPs in Kakuma”

“The security officers visit my store and demand bribes on daily basis,”

- Abdulrizack Mohamed told Kanere at 6th Street in Eastleigh, Nairobi/ “Government Crackdown on Refugees”

“Without any word, they got into the bus and warned everyone to produce their identity, no sooner, they started calling us Al-shabaab and ordering the bus driver to take us to the Eldoret Police Station,”

- an anonymous Somali refugee told Kanere/ “Somali Dayah Bus with Passengers on Board Arrested in Eldoret Town”

“My village was attacked in the dead of the night, I was raped; other children were abducted, I managed to escape,”

- a South Sudanese rape victim/ “Kakuma Camp Continues to Receive New Arrivals”

“I know some of the people who killed my brother, I saw people killed with machetes,”

-  an anonymous IDP member/ “Marginalized IDPs in Kakuma”

 

“I was in a refugee camp for the last 20 years, while about 20% arrived later; in Dadaab, a person can be killed in the market without finding the killers.”

- Fara Ibrahim a refugee leader of transit group/ “From Tents into Permanent Blocks”

“From what I witnessed, I have learnt that more than seven refugees have so far died in floods in Kakuma,”

- A Somali refugee leader at Kakuma1 Zone6 said in an interview/ “At least six died in Kakuma floods”

“I paid Ksh. 3,000 to a police officer for consideration and another officer re-arrested me. Even after a night in the prison, we contribute money to receive receipts of cash bails,” said an Interviewee who requested to remain anonymous/ “Somali Dayah Bus with Passengers on Board Arrested in Eldoret Town”

“I can’t bear the high humidity under the tent, it burning my soul, it’s too bright outside, waiting next step in life,”

- said a Ugandan two weeks old in Kakuma/ “Kakuma Camp Continues to Receive New Arrivals”

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Quotes of the Months for August to December 2012

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on December 28, 2012

“A man hit me with the sharp point of a gun on my back and ribs. I screamed loud, he started lying down on me; I could hear people shouting all over…”

- Wami Ali a Somali rape victim said in an interview/ “Somali women raped at gun point”

 

“We don’t give information to journalists. Are you ‘atananyeche?’… Are you a journalist?”

- Said a police official in a very intimidating way to Kanere/ “Guards: Stop Exploitation and Abuse!”

“Refugees need to have a work permit to claim a right to work. The government of Kenya has not given refugees permit to work in the camps or urban areas.”

- Paul an incentive worker/ “Refugee employment process and mode of payment”

 

“We know we are survivals of the bad politics that have troubled Rwanda ever since. It is not about who is in power, it’s about our security issues back home and even here. Unfortunately we do not decide on our fate but a Rwandan requested ‘Cessation Clause’ will determine.” 

- Said Mutsinzi Elias a Rwandan refugee/ “Rwandan refugee to lose ration cards”

“They beat all of us; Feisal was bleeding on the head before they fired two bullets.”

- A victim’s brother in tears/ “Refugee protest following insecurity situation”

“He is coming with a gun demanding my daughter; are they here to protect us or they exploit us?”

- A victim’s mother/ “Guards: Stop Exploitation and Abuse!”

“We always have problems when it comes to shelter allocation and water rationing because each block doesn’t have its own water point.”

- A refugee leader explained at Camp 1/ “Refugee Election in Kakuma”

“I was not in protest, I was beaten while crossing the road to other street.” I know the police officer who beat me, I am in fear.”

- Fatuma told Kanere speaking at camp hospital/ “Refugee protest following insecurity situation”

“I tried to plead, but those men are cruel, my kids were helpless.”

- Habbi Moha a rape victim told Kanere/ “Somali women raped at gun point”

“Leaders are only puppets, this is like blindfolding leaders, are we silent but keen on this game, we shall see if the change claimed will benefit the community or cause negative petition.”

- Said Nyial a refugee leader/ “Refugee Election in Kakuma”

“Please, we appeal to our friends not to accept any politician’s apology when things have gone wrong in Rwanda. There could be no genuine reason for Rwanda to initiate the cessation to us. Animal in the forest is protected but we Rwandans even when we flee for our lives we are handed over to one who is hunting us!”

- Said Jean Biragoye, an NGO staff/ “Rwandan refugees to lose ration cards”

“I have not seen my sister for two years now. Do we have a right to know if she is dead or alive?”

- A Victim’s relative appealing to Kanere journalist/ “Guards: Stop Exploitation and Abuse!”

“Election for the zonal management committee started in December. We’re yet to elect the camp leader, there’s a lot of delays and confusion.”

- An electoral committee member told Kanere/ “Refugee Election in Kakuma”

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”

Quotes of the Month (Nov 2011 – Jan 2012)

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on April 16, 2012

“No one assisted me when I fled, likewise when Rwanda is safe for me; I may not need UNHCR assistance to go back.”  
- J. Clare, Rwandan Female Refugee/ “The Rwandan Refugee Cessation Clause”

“Our security is bad; I don’t know why they killed my brother. We can’t live here like this every day after Dadaab camps.”
- Ahmed .M., Brother of the Victim/ “Murder at Kakuma2”

“They woke me up, then one of them put a gun near my neck and told me to choose death or produce money.”
- Sija, Ethiopian Male Survivor/ “Violent Robbery in Kakuma1”

“The security situation is fine, police patrols are on 24 hours and local refugee guards are also in liaisons with security agencies.”
- A.C., Anonymous Security Official / “Murder at Kakuma2”

“The bus was speeding and overloaded at the time of the accident, that was what I can recall.”
- Tura, Ethiopian Refugee/ “Tragic Accident”

“He slapped me and pinned me down on the floor. I couldn’t allow him to… I’d prefer to die than to be raped before the eyes of my own brother.”
- Mita, Ethiopian Female Survivor/ “Violent Robbery in Kakuma1”

“He has no mercy; he used to beat people like dogs at food distribution centers. We know him for bad things, now he has caused problems for our people.”
- David, Sudanese Group Leader in Zone2/ “Late-Night Brawl sends Infamous Police Officer to Hospital”

“There have been delays in the entire process, but new leadership camp elections are expected by March 2012.”
- Mohamed, Somali Electoral Committee Member / “Refugee Camp Election”

“I asked the police to explain what crimes were committed by my daughter. She was locked in for 8 days. But I was not informed of anything. The police officer told me to go and pay the fine for her release but I didn’t have money that week.”
- Hoden, Parent of Saira/ “Late-Night Brawl sends Infamous Police Officer to Hospital”

“It is written on paper, but how practical will it be? Let’s see what happens.”
- Marx, Primary School Teacher at Kakuma2/ “Refugee Camp Election”

“We should be consulted. We are human beings, what good do you think you do for refugees when we don’t see you doing it the right way?”
- Anonymous Refugee Shop Owner/ “Camp Planning and New Addressing System”

 “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.”
- Mother of the late Niyomuremyi Blandine / “Collapsed Shelter Kills Infant, Injures Another”

“I was shocked to hear my children drowned a short time after having lunch together. I could not believe it when I found them already dead!”
- Sara, Mother of the Drowned Children/ “Two Refugee Children Die in Seasonal River in Kakuma”

“Exile is a different world. We’re merely alive and only better than death. We are not living normal life.”
- Elias Lemma, Ethiopian KANERE Journalist in Exile / “World Journalists meet at CPJ International Conference”

Quotes of the Month, 2011 (Feb – June)

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on August 21, 2011

“The 1951 Convention refers to specific economic and social rights to which refugees are entitled, including the rights to gainful employment and education. The Convention also says that refugees are to be accorded the same treatment as nationals with respect to rationing system and public relief and assistance (arts. 20, 23).”

- 1951 Geneva Convection/ “Pay raise and termination targeting refugee incentive staff at Kakuma”

“As critical thinkers and journalists, we see these threats to KANERE’s operations as delegitimizing our voice. We seek a better approach for making inquiries into and achieving resolutions to KANERE’s cases with the police.”

- E.T., a member of Kanere’s Editorial Board/ “Escalating insecurity at KANERE”

“We shall have to make changes together. I want you to be the people who will transform and change your life for the better. Big responsibility lies in your hands. This tour aims to encourage all young people to speak for ourselves, for our world and for the provision of our needs,.”

- Monique Coleman in her speech at Kakuma / “Un Youth Champion visit to Kakuma”

“We have done so much together. I arrived in the camp when security was bad, when refugees were not able to sleep in their homes in peace but now they can have serenity in their homes.”

- Dr. Mohamed Qassim, UNHCR Head of Sub-Office Kakuma/ “World Refugee Day 2011”

“We are guided by laws to ask any question to any one.”

- A police officer in an interrogation of the KANERE Press Editor/ “Escalating insecurity at KANERE”

“Our shelters were made of mud and so they are in bad condition. If this rain continues for the next two days then all muddy shelter and makuti-roofed houses will be considerably damaged.”

- Mohamed Juma, a community leader in Kakuma one zone two/ “Kakuma draughts and floods”

“We used to have armed robbers attacking camp residents in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Currently the camp is free from attacks due to the collaborative work of security agencies. The camp is patrolled 24 hours to keep criminals out.”

- District Commissioner on behalf of the Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration / “World Refugee Day 2011”

“I saw a UNHCR official from community service who was adding new messages about the work of the field post on the boards and walls. Contrary to reality, that was to show visitors how things are done here for refugees.”

- M.S., a Somali refugee in block 8 zone 2/ “Un Youth Champion visit to Kakuma”

“The situation for youth is unbearable in Kakuma as most young people have dropped out of school and have become involved in risky activities and behaviors.”

- Z.M., a staff member of LWF Youth Development office / “Un Youth Champion visit to Kakuma”

“All parents wish to be paid salaries instead of incentives so they can have their children’s education paid for and can ensure that their children can access quality education that is not currently provided in the camp.”

- J.M., a health worker in Kakuma one/ “Pay raise and termination targeting refugee incentive staff at Kakuma”

“Refugees in the camp are not suffering people who ask for money. They are powerful and strong.”

- Jesper Bertelsen in an interview with KANERE journalist/ “Art on the Run”

Quotes of the Quarter (Nov.Dec.Jan 2010-11)

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on February 11, 2011

2010-11 Winter Quarterly Issue

“My vote is to separate so that South Sudan can stand and rule itself. This is where I belong since before the coming of the Arabs. I better go back to cultivate crops than live this life at the camp.”

- T.M.G., on the South Sudan Referendum

“I ask and encourage our people to come out and vote. It’s clear to say that history has shown the New Identity. We don’t hate the North. We can take the control of our Nation. We can make, break and divide our country. ”

-Philip Deng, SSRC Representative in Kenya on the South Sudan Referendum

“It is not acceptable to kill a friend just for single quarrels. Young men in these communities walk with short knives in their pockets.”

-Refugee community leader on new forms of violence in Kakuma Camp

 

“We have many disabled and elderly people in this community, but they were not even counted yet. Some of them do not even know their own registration numbers scheduled by the UNHCR on the notice boards.”

-Refugee leader in Zone Five, on problems with the UNHCR verification exercise

“One died and five were injured, but I cannot give names of the passengers encountered in the accident without authorization from the IRC Program Coordinator.”

-IRC National staff during an interview over fatal road accident

“We could not manage to put out the fire. We had plenty of water flowing for four hours over the normal circumstances, and we thank the LWF water department.”

-A.A., eye witness to the blaze that consumed a neighborhood group in Kakuma One

“We need scholarship, but not our location to be known to the Ethiopian Embassy. I wonder if that is what UNHCR should do.”

-Ethiopian Oromo student regarding a scholarship opportunity with mixed benefits

Quotes of the Month: July-October 2010

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on November 8, 2010

“I just feel so much emptiness in my arms where my child should belong. In every dark night I recall when my son was killed.”

-Mother of a 12-day-old baby boy killed by a gunshot

“This change in culture and behavior will develop into mental stress in almost all refugees, but the degrees of stress will differ according to each and every individual. It’s an undeniable fact that you could really develop real stress even if you consider that you are a free person or free of this problem.”

-T., writing on the experience of being a refugee

“I have family and friends abroad and I still cannot answer any calls that are strange, because I cannot risk dying simply.”

- M., a Somali living in Kakuma One worried about the killer calls hoax

“We find our jerrycans kicked off the water taps, stones thrown at us frequently, and we even don’t sleep in our house some nights due to too much fear and frustration.”

- A., mother of an 8-year-old boy involved in a child abuse case

“This solar lighting project was first initiated in Kakuma so that determination can be made if such initiatives can be established in other refugee camps.”

-Marge Gorge, of UNHCR EDP–Kakuma, on a new lighting project in the camp

“It is good to have lights through the whole night in the camp, especially in the areas which gunmen use when they attack and kill refugees.”

-A Rwandan-Sudanese refugee on the long-awaited lights to be installed in the camp

“The Refugee Consortium of Kenya is doing a good job helping refugees and asylum seekers on legal protection. The Department of Refugee Affairs is showing low performance in being firm and independent. The decision-making body is not fair and just in line to the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) and Resettlement, and that is why the feedback takes so long. The security is still challenging.”

- M., a case worker with LWF commenting on the Community Talking Point

Quotes Of The Months, June 2010

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on June 30, 2010

“I am traveling. None should open my store and interfere. Let me be responsible for it .I have committed a crime and only allow the police to open the doors.”

-Y.M., A murderer speaking on the phone to his neighbour fleeing to away after the crime

“We are shocked by the injuries caused by her husband. Waral was also taken to imprisonment for the crimes committed and failing to disclose the solid cause of the chaos.”

Sudanese Equatorial Deputy Chairman speaking on the violence caused by his community member

“I was raped before the eyes of my own children and husband, I don’t even see any meaning of life anymore.”

-H.W. A victim complaining on the recent insecurity situation in the camp

“The results of the survey were not ready yet and we can’t give information until we are granted permission from the Nairobi Office.”

National Programme Officer of mix me in WFP to KANERE reporter during the Mix Me end line survey.

“He was taken to the surgical toile on Wednesday the 19th and discharged 23rd May 28, 2010 from IRC Refugee hospital.”

-M.B. IRC nurse who was taking care of a 14 year old boy in the isolation ward at Refugee main

Hospital on the recent insecurity in the camp

“Refugees are in Kenya since before the independent and we welcome and cater for their security. As we are reassuring the protection and security for the refugees. We have opened police posts and there are patrols so we have peaceful environment.”

A Kenya Government Official makes a speech on the world refugee day at Kakuma

Quotes of the Month, December 2009

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on December 22, 2009

“I fear the man who shot me can still find me in the streets of Nairobi.”

-M.M., Darfurian refugee who fled insecurity in Kakuma Camp and is now in Nairobi

“The time to act is now. People won’t enjoy alcohol when our people are dying. After all, everybody is at risk.”

- Sudanese group leader on the recent cholera outbreak that caused public bars and eateries to close

“How it is great to see yourself out of the invisible enclosure made with barbed wire. How would feel if you are kept in such a place where you can’t see exactly where the outlet is?”

-Refugee poet in “Illusion”

“Why is it that instead of the UN getting tough on the promoters of wars like arms manufacturers and suppliers, it concentrates on their victims, the refugees? Why is it that the UN is less interested in dealing with the causes of wars than with their effects?”

-Refugee journalist on the question of the UN’s efficacy

“I have a good message to take back to Nairobi. The conditions are not favorable and there is pain, but I can also see there’s hope.”

-Mr. Jackson Wachira, the KISWCD principal, in a graduation ceremony speech at Kakuma

“When it comes to the issue of shelter, it was good at Daadab, but here [in Kakuma] we couldn’t even turn up. So we exchange our food rations for poles so as to erect tents with the materials.”

-N.R., a Somali new arrival to Kakuma and mother of three children

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