Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Peace and Security Improves Over Past Two Months

Posted in Peace and Security by KANERE on January 31, 2009

"Are you really in peace? Look well!"

"At last I'm in peace and will sleep well." Writing on the wall: "Are you really in peace? Look well!"

 Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009


Our beautiful world contains a lot of good things but lacks peace. It is no surprise for refugees in Kakuma Camp to experience peace for a short time and then watch it disappear. So it is significant news that Kakuma Refugee Camp experienced nearly constant peace during the last two months.

During the months of December 2008 and January 2009, peace has been maintained on a fairly constant basis throughout the camp. According to a senior police officer, there was no serious crime in Kakuma and only a few incidents of theft during this time.

Kakuma Refugee Camp had undergone terrible instability during last three years. Frequent attacks by unknown bandits ravaged refugee properties, and sometimes caused refugees to lose their lives. For instance, on the 7 and 13 of May 2008, two refugees were fatally shot in separate incidents. Again in July 2008, a refugee lost his life at the hands of a stranger. These problems caused refugees to feel miserable and frightened.

In July 2008, the Government of Kenya and UNHCR brought more troops to collaborate with the Kenyan Police to enforce order in the camp. The troops were drawn from the GSU (General Services Unit), a special unit of the Kenyan Police known for their rapid response.

Since GSU arrived in July 2008, the camp has glimpsed a new measure of peace and stability. The refugee society became more cheerful, and people deeply appreciated the increase in peace.

When asked when the GSU are expected to depart from Kakuma, the senior police officer said he didn’t believe the GSU would depart.

There are three Kakuma Police bases in the refugee camp, and police patrols cover the entire refugee camp on a daily basis.


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  1. Jeremy said, on February 4, 2009 at 8:42 am

    How do the people of the camp interact with the police? I read one article about police brutality, is this commonplace or a segregated incident?

  2. Sinzumunsi alain providence. said, on February 8, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    To comment on this: a refugee is just like the other one. I don’t think that he will be treated like a non human being, it’s just like he doesn’t have some rights. Let us take a look in this country, especially at UNHCR. There they probably don’t care of those people. If they present their needs, no one cares. Things continue being worst. Actually what we call security is having peace in your heart and with your neighbour. For really, those people who are in charge should stay and discuss how they can help, being left is very hurtful and painful.That was what I have to say thank u.

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