Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Letter From the Editor

Posted in Letter from the Editor by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009

To all KANERE readers, here and abroad;

The second issue of the Kakuma News Reflector highlights the defining experiences of our growth so far.

We are consolidating our approach to human rights reporting, reflected most clearly in our feature report on the right to equal pay. We have also invited contributions from international experts on refugee affairs, enriching our coverage with views from Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond, a leading refugee advocate, and Merrill Smith of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Other advocates and scholars have expressed their willingness to contribute to future issues of KANERE.

We have received widespread support from the national and international community. The Kenyan Government has welcomed our initiative and we enjoy collaboration with local officials. We are delighted to welcome the support of international organizations and advocacy groups including Fahamu, the Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network, and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, among others. Our story has been covered by media outlets as diverse as Pambazuka News and the Forced Migration Current Awareness blog, reaching thousands of readers across the globe.

We hope this issue edifies and enlightens, but also begins to spark change. As you read, please keep in mind our struggles and affirm our cause. Pass our story to media outlets; cross-list our blog with websites and online groups; and share your many comments! A free press means a freer refugee camp.



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  1. Saeed Akeed said, on February 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Hi, it’s really nice to have a voice from deep inside the ground. I’m welcoming KANERE, and I’m very happy.

  2. hfpblog said, on February 13, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Thank you Kanere, we support your work. Many eyes are upon your efforts.

  3. Hisako Ishitani said, on February 25, 2009 at 3:31 am

    My name is Hisako Ishitani, and I am the chairperson of Refugee Empowerment Network, an NGO working in Japan for the refugees mainly in Africa and in Japan, repatriated refugees, and refugees resettling in third countries. Yesterday when one of our members found and let me know about the KANERE website, I was so excited, because we had been translating and supported KANEBU (KAKUMA NEWS BULLETIN) for several years until Mr. Kanyinda Louis, the editor, resettled in Canada and their activity stopped. We have been anxious for the revival of KANEBU, but unfortunately we have not yet heard the news of the revival. And then your KANERE ! I think it is a rare and valuable source of information from the refugee camp itself. If you don’t mind, we would like to link your URL to our website (http://home.r01.itscom.net/bethbell/ren-e.htm) and translate your website into Japanese.
    If you are interested in our activities, please contact us at

    REN chairwoman
    Hisako Ishitani

  4. KANERE said, on March 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Dear Hisako, Thank you kindly for your interest! We were aware of your efforts with KANEBU and have tried to track down your contact information. We’re delighted to finally be in touch. It would be wonderful to have our site translated into Japanese to reach a larger international audience. We will contact you soon for further collaboration. In the meantime, please do link us to your website!

  5. qaabata boru said, on March 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    dear Hisako Ishitari,

    Thanks so much for writing to KANERE! Your comments are wonderful. I’m so interested in your website and the empowerment network which will be great ideal for the refugees! I’ll like to request your NGO to support KANERE.

    kanere editorial board team.

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