Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

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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Kakuma fraud

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2016

By KANERE’s News Desk

Five UN staff indicted for fraud are airlifted to Nairobi for investigation.   (more…)

Mother and Son died in arson attack

Posted in Human Rights, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2016

A refugee woman and her son died from a fire incident that took place in Kakuma refugee camp. (more…)

An NGO vehicle knocked down a refugee child

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2016

A refugee child died in an aggressive road accident in Kakuma (more…)

Resilience in Laughter

Posted in Arts, Community and Culture, Education, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2016

By Tolasa Shome and Qaabata Boru

Clowns Without Borders bring joy to Kakuma children (more…)

I Hate My Tribe

Posted in Arts, Opinion by KANERE on December 31, 2016

By Addisu

A tribe is a group of people, often who live together sharing the same language, culture and history, especially those who do not live in towns or cities. (Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 3rd edn.)

According to me, in relation to modernization and social integration of global society, tribal sentiment is a backward idea that can vanish in the process of civilization.

Look at the above definition of tribe which says “Tribe is … those who do not live in towns or cities.” For those who live in rural villages in their tribe, their tribe matters a lot than – their nationhood – because their tribe is their world. It would be an amazing question to a ‘White Man’ (a European or North American) if you ask them what is their tribe. This is not because they never had a tribe but they passed the tribal stage of human evolution and abandoned their tribe long, long ago through civilization and urbanization to the extent that this question surprises them. Today, they (western civilized societies) do not have a tribe but a race of civilized people, and that is where the global society is heading to.

Civilization coupled with digital technology has speeded up the global social integration of peoples of different cultures. We are a global community who share languages, cultures, values, etc.

If we look at the origin of conflicts especially in Africa, they often have an ethnic dimension and are deeply rooted in tribal divisions. The decades-long conflict in South Sudan is one good example.

Tribalism is a precursor of racism; and a tribalist is a racist in a broader view. If we are tribalist, why should we blame others for being racist?

If we use our tribe to discriminate against, marginalize, and/or to promote hatred against others who are not our tribesmen, then do not ask me my tribe. I HATE MY TRIBE.

Letter from the Editor

Posted in Letter from the Editor by KANERE on February 13, 2016

Dear KANERE readers,

This issue remains true to our core principles of providing rich and informative content in a manner that is easy for our readers to understand.

First of all, we apologise for the long stretch over the year 2015 without any publication from KANERE, this has been due to the lack of funding for effective reporting and material support that should enable smooth operation of the organization.

In this edition, we bring diverse stories from across the camp and the region thus with rather a double edition. There are stories from as late as October where refugees seized an AK47 rifle from identified attackers in the camp. In one incident, a refugee woman was gang raped and several cases of gender based violence continue to happen in the camp. The situation of insecurity has continued to deteriorate all through the fall of the year.

Additionally, at least four people have died following the El Niño rains. Hundreds of families have been displaced within the camp settlements as a result of the flooding that often threatened the transport systems. Meanwhile the introduction of Bamba Chakula – an initiative by World Food Program – has earned a negative reaction from the beneficiaries of the food aid. We have collected the opinions of the camp residents on the new system of cash vouchers, allowing refugees to share information on the issues of public interest that affect their lives.

Our editorial contribution for this edition comes from Kathleen Agena, a humanitarian and social justice worker and the founder of the Lindus Institute. Kathleen advocates that a realist approach to refugee crisis should be adopted in tackling the refugee crisis globally.

There are several other stories that are lined up for you and we will keep reporting in spite of the challenges.

As the true voice of the refugees, KANERE is seeking financial support in order to continue to give right to be heard to Kakuma residents and in the region.

Your contribution and feedback is of great value to us.

Best wishes for 2016!

Sincerely,

Qaabata Boru

Editorial Executive – KANERE

Quotes of the months for November, December – January Edition 2016

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on February 13, 2016

“When they entered into the Mosque, their aim was to kill us. We don’t know why,”

– Said Karra, a Darfurian man/ “Refugees seized a gun from robbers”

 

“The lorry was taking a wrong turn at high speed when the accident happened,”

             – Obang, an eyewitness, told KANERE/ “Accident in Kakuma 3”

 

“I was hit with a rod on my knee and another attacker pulled my leg while a man with gun and another attacker started beating my husband,”

                 – Latifa narrated her nightmare/ “Attacked and gang raped”

 

“WFP and UNHCR started providing refugees with 100 shillings on a monthly basis. Was it helping refugees or punishing them?”

– Mohammed, a community leader, Kakuma 2/ “Community Talking Point: The Introduction of Bamba Chakula”

 

“A nurse administered quinine to the kid and before it finishes, another nurse added more quinine leading to drug overdose,”

– Said Erick who is an area resident/ “Child negligence”

 

“I run with my children, my husband went to bush and he never returned,”

– Mrs. Deng told KANERE/ “Signing of Peace Deal in South Sudan”

 

“I was issued with the SIM Card by WFP but I don’t have a phone. I never received the secret PIN from them and my family missed the voucher over 5 months now. Any help?”

– Mulki Jamal, Kakuma 4 area/ “Community Talking Point: The Introduction of Bamba Chakula”

 

“The driver deliberately forced his way into the river as both the passengers and road user are shouting to him to stop, we blame him,”

                 – Jamal Farah a member of the victims’ family told KANERE/ “Four Died in Flood”

 

“It was after a long struggle inside the Mosque that we are able to seize the gun from thieves and two others escaped,”

– Ranna said in an interview with KANERE/ “Refugees seized a gun from robbers”

 

“It was devastating to see women and children stranded and starving in the bush and along the border points,”

– KANERE’s reporter at Nadapal/ “Signing of Peace Deal in South Sudan”

 

“We blame the staff at the clinic for negligence on my child,”

                 – Esinyen told KANERE in an interview/ “Child negligence”

 

Child negligence

Posted in Health, Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on February 13, 2016

A Turkana child died from drug administration in Kakuma medical clinic. (more…)