Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Quotes of the Month: January 2009

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009

“When others control the voice [of refugees], is it any wonder that the appeal is almost always for more aid and not for more rights?”

-Merrill Smith, of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and  Immigrants/ “Speaking Out on Warehousing: 3 Questions for Merrill Smith”

“One way to begin to address the evils of [refugee] camps is to create feedback mechanisms…If a free press spreads among the hundreds of camps in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and appears on the World Wide Web, indeed a feedback mechanism will have been established.”

-Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond, refugee rights advocate and founder of the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre / “Speaking for Refugees or Refugees Speaking for Themselves”

“Refugees are human beings. Human rights are the things that belong to us and no one can take them away.”

-A refugee incentive worker on wage inequalities / “Are Refugees Entitled to Equal Pay for Equal Work?”

“[Refugees] have a right to information and transparency from UNHCR and partner staff… A rights-based approach requires organizations to support people to demand what they are entitled to.”

-UNHCR, in A Community-Based Approach in UNHCR Operations / “KANERE Celebrates One Year of UNHCR’s Rights- and Community-Based Approach”


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  1. Said said, on February 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Yeah, Refugees are really human beings and they should not be treated us animals in a cage.

  2. Nadia said, on May 19, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Refugees are humans not animals or slaves. Treat them the way you would like to be treated. To me and in God’s eyes we are all brothers and sisters.

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