Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Kiziba refugees protest

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on February 22, 2018

By Qaabata Boru & Roland Kalamo

On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018: A large movement of refugees – some report several thousand – departed on foot from the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda. Leaders declared that they were repatriating to the DRC in response to both recent and proposed reductions in aid provision. It may be one of the first examples of voluntary repatriation undertaken as a protest.

During a confrontation with Rwandan military, soldiers fired live bullets with intentions to force refugees back to the camp. At least 11 refugees died according to the report from UNHCR Rwanda, a protestor was wounded when a bullet struck his foot, and several other injuries were alleged during the mayhem.

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Letter from the editor

Posted in Letter from the Editor by KANERE on February 11, 2018

Dear KANERE readers,

Welcome to this special edition that comes as the first of the year 2018. The Kakuma News Reflector didn’t have any publication over 2017 as a result of staff going for different things that includes: studies, work and traveling abroad.

However, KANERE is back on reporting again. The paper will remain purely a refugee run news service providing balanced and often untold horrible stories of camp life, humanitarian service deliveries and human rights.

As you may know, Kakuma is a highly cosmopolitan camp and life is one of continual dynamics which is fostered by the humanitarian setting of keeping the existing numbers and alternating new arrivals into the camps as sources of aid business. The more the numbers of refugees, the more campaigns would be momentum for more funding to the camps. Also, it’s a problem when there is a reduced number of refugees in the camp as the effect would be little funding which often leads to reduction in staffing, creating of gaps and cartels on refugee operation in-country or at the Africa bureau.

Nonetheless, despite the continuing high numbers of residents, Kakuma and Dadaab have encountered the worst humanitarian times recently as result of famine. Food rations were cut twice in 2017 as an outcome of condensed funding from the UN body after president Trump came to power. Several humanitarian agencies had to decelerate some of their refugee assistance programs in Kenya including RSC Africa – US Refugee Admission Program.

In Kakuma refugee camp, Trump’s negative policies on refugees have led to a perception of reduced freedom, safety and social connection among the refugee families who are torn apart globally.

Over several months Kakuma has experienced insecurity problems that has resulted in looting of homes at night, attacks that have caused injuries including sexual violence often committed by thugs who are armed with guns.

In an article from later April, a political refugee was murdered in the camp by Kenyan armed forces on an unjustified allegation of theft. Eight months down the line the murder of a refugee man remain a misery to relatives and the community.

A story on Kenya’s black market in “Refugee real estate” details its informal system of shelter ownership, and lack of formal legal protection that allow systematic corruption inside the camp among other stories.

We would like to welcome comments, opinions, criticisms and expert contribution to our editorial by writing to us at kakuma.news@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Qaabata Boru
Editorial Executive – KANERE

Quotes of the months for August, November – December Edition 2017

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on February 11, 2018

“The police are supposed to solve land conflicts and refer the case for resolution. However, if the police see money in the conflict, they take bribes from both parties. The winner is often the one who paid more,”

– says a refugee with experience in shelter disputes/ “Kenya’s black market in “refugee real estate”

“I counted ten bullets holes in his body, two on the neck,” a close relative of Saladhin told KANERE,”

– a close relative of Saladhin told KANERE/ “Political refugee killed by Kakuma police”

“I am in fear for my life, and I am not sure what to do with my business,”

– Farhan told the KANERE journalist at his shop in November/ “Refugee business entrepreneur facing life threats”

“I was trying to resist and I got one of them down but when the other hit my head with a sharp machete, I fell down,”

               – Ali told KANERE/ “Refugee man shot and wounded”

“I heard him crying and asking for mercy for more than ten minutes, then gun rumbles followed,”

–  an anonymous witness told KANERE/ “Political refugee killed by Kakuma police”

“As a single mother, i needed more than the food supplied by the UN. So, i came up with this plan of baking and selling biscuits,”

                   – explains Axlam, a Somali woman living in Kakuma/ “Kenya’s black market in “refugee real estate”

“Land allocation is a big factor but we’re determined to see peaceful co-existence between the refugees and local community,”

– claimed Governor Nanok speaking at a previous World Refugee Day event/ “Refugee business entrepreneur facing life threats”

“We gathered at the scene of murder, we were shocked and nobody can question the police action,”

                 – a Sudanese local elder addressed the mourning crowd/ “Political refugee killed by Kakuma police”

“I was beaten in the market by local women (Turkanas) for a reason not known to me,”

               – Felicia, a business woman in Kalobeyei told KANERE/ “Refugee business entrepreneur facing life threats”

“I was on the ground, then the trio move backwards and one of them fired the gun at me. That was all I could remember,”

               – Ali told KANERE in an interview/ “Refugee man shot and wounded”

Political refugee killed by Kakuma police

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on February 11, 2018

By KANERE News Desk

Murder of an Ethiopian refugee man remain a misery to relatives and community (more…)

Trump administration and its negative effect on refugees

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates by KANERE on February 11, 2018

By Qaabata Boru – kakuma.news@gmail.com

The Trump administration’s proposed restrictions and ban on immigration have compounded stress and trauma that is experienced by the camp refugees.  (more…)

Kenya’s black market in “refugee real estate”

By Cory Rodgers

The informal system of shelter ownership that has sprung up in refugee camps in Kenya and elsewhere has allowed entrepreneurial activity to flourish, but it is also unregulated and without formal legal protections, leaving some refugees vulnerable to losing everything. (more…)

Refugee business entrepreneur facing life threats

By Qaabata Boru

A refugee small business owner is facing a life-threatening situation in Kalobeyei refugee settlement (more…)

Refugee man shot and wounded

Posted in Human Rights, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on February 11, 2018

By Okello and Shidad
A refugee man survived gunshots wounds in a night attack in Kakuma
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Letter from the Editor

Posted in Letter from the Editor, Opinion by KANERE on December 31, 2016

Dear KANERE readers,

It’s been many months without publication from us and this has been due to continued challenges over material support but we are back on reporting again.

Every time a new edition is out, it’s an anticipation for the voiceless camp resident. This is the thing we do, to provide uncensored stories and counter humanitarian propaganda on many issues surrounding refugee protection, by reporting facts or exposing some of the failures in the refugee operation.

In this edition, we bring diverse stories from across the camps but limited to a more critical coverage of the news items that don’t get reported in other media outlets.

There are stories as from late July where a refugee woman and her son died in a planned fire incident in the camp following a failure in the protection mechanism by the camp authority.

A story where a refugee child died in an aggressive road accident that involved a speeding humanitarian vehicle within the camp settlement vicinity was heartbreaking to many.

Additionally, a new way of census taking was launched by UNHCR through the Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS). The process emerged with new techniques and sophisticated software machines that record fingerprints and iris scanning of refugees.

And yet, KANERE met with a group of artist volunteers from Clowns Without Borders while they were bringing too much fun to school going refugee children in the camp. Our reporters followed them to their shows and interviewed the artists on why they came to Kakuma, and included their narrative in this edition.

A story on Kakuma’s fraud cases and a few others are lined up for you. Stay tuned until the next issue of KANERE for more vibrant coverage in the new year.

We would like to welcome your opinions and expert contributions by writing to us at – kakuma.news@gmail.com

The KANERE Editorial Board and the team, wish you a happy new year 2017.

Sincerely,

Qaabata Boru

Editorial Executive – KANERE

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Quotes of the Month for August, October – December edition

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on December 31, 2016

“We welcome the announcement to reconsider the closure of camps and we hope repatriation remains voluntary for all Somali refugees,”

– A Somali community leader told KANERE/ “Closure of Refugee Camps”

 

“They were diagnosed with second degree burns which were generalised over the body in addition to inhalation burns,”

– Reads a doctor’s statement found by KANERE at Nairobi National Hospital/ “Mother and son died in arson attack”

 

“If my personal information and location are identified, then my life will be in danger,”

–  A refugee who refused to expose his nationality said at the verification’s field post one in the camp/ “Refugee Verification Exercise”

 

“She told me that I don’t have any legal right to discuss this case of the accident with their office, that as a South Sudanese, that I don’t have any right,”

                 – Emmanuel Adah, Beatrice’s father said he had been intimidated by the Film Aid Official in an interview with KANERE/ “NGO vehicle knocked down a refugee child”

 

“Each day we do a daily show at different places all over Kakuma and we will deliver laughs and we love to see people laugh,”

                   – Gabi Winter, an actress told the KANERE reporter at camp 3/ “Resilience in Laughter”

 

“This is quite unique and we feel concerned about the security issues for the refugees,”

– Somali refugee leaders told KANERE at field post two/ “Refugee Verification Exercise”

 

“I heard some commotion, I ran out of my house only to find my daughter lying by the road side with blood oozing from her head,”

– Dola Beatrice’s mother told KANERE in an interview/ “NGO vehicle knocked down a refugee child”

 

“I feel happy to attend the shows and it boosts the amount of sleep, it feels happy in my mind,”

               – Shukria, a young Somali woman remarked/ “Resilience in Laughter”

 

“I arrived in Ifo camp in Dadaab in 1994, since then I never moved out of here. I can’t return because it’s not safe now,”

               – Abdallah Hajji told KANERE/ “Closure of Refugee Camps”

 

“The amazing thing with the physical comedy is that you can reach people across language barriers. I still have images of laughing audience flashing across my eyes when I go to sleep,”

– Henrik Bothe told KANERE in an interview/ “Resilience in Laughter”

 

Closure of refugee camps

The unlegislated closure of refugee camps is illegal under the Kenyan Refugees Act of 2011. (more…)

Refugee Verification Exercise

A unified refugee verification exercise in Kakuma was meant to collect refugees’ data (more…)

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