Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

UNHCR Processing Delays Refugee’s Study Abroad

Posted in Education, Humanitarian Services by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009

 

Mr. J.M., a Congolese refugee in Kakuma Camp, was awarded an extraordinary scholarship opportunity to pursue a two years master program in medicine at Lund University, Sweden. He was due to begin his programme of study on 12 January 2009. Unfortunately, Mr. J.M. is still present in Kakuma Camp due to UNHCR processing delays.  (more…)

Anti-Warehousing Campaign Moving Forward

Posted in Human Rights by KANERE on January 31, 2009


An anti-warehousing cartoon from the Osire Refugee Camp newspaper

An anti-warehousing cartoon from the Osire Refugee Camp newspaper

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009 The Anti-Warehousing Campaign spearheaded by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), an NGO based in New York, is changing refugee situations world-wide. More than 130 signatory NGOs from all over the world and prominent personalities, including three U.S. Senators, have joined the campaign. (more…)

RSD Watch Offers Resource for Refugees

Posted in Human Rights by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009


Information is power, and sharing information with refugees on matters that affect their lives is vital. Refugee Status Determination Watch (RSD Watch, www.RSDWatch.org) is an organization devoted to just this purpose—disseminating information to create awareness on and advocate for refugee rights under the RSD process. (more…)

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. (more…)

Refugees Alarmed at Change in Food Rations

Posted in Health by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Sacks of food rations

Sacks of food rations

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009


Refugees were alarmed to see that the food ration package distributed in the second week of January replaced wheat flour with yellow maize meal. Yellow maize meal is rarely eaten even by communities whose staple food is maize. The current malnutrition rate in Kakuma Camp is 15.9 percent of the population, according to a recent UN survey. (more…)

Illegal Chang’aa a Fact of Life

Posted in Health by KANERE on January 31, 2009

A chang'aa brewing operation in Kakuma

A chang'aa brewing operation in Kakuma

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009


The illegal brewing and drinking of chang’aa in Kakuma is a daily reality. With tags like “poison brew” or “kill-me-quick,” chang’aa is an alcoholic brew that can cause death and blindness to its drinkers. Each evening, people strolling in the camp can expect to encounter loud and obnoxious drunks wandering paths and loitering in markets. (more…)

Repatriation Boom no Boon to Business

Posted in Community and Culture by KANERE on January 31, 2009

A well-stocked shop in the Ethiopian Market

A well-stocked shop in the Ethiopian Market

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009

For Kakuma Camp business persons, last December’s business slumped as the number of Sudanese customers diminished. Long-time camp residents can still remember the booming business during festive seasons of earlier years. (more…)

Kakuma Community Looks Back on 2008

Posted in Community and Culture by KANERE on January 31, 2009

The new Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kakuma Town

The new Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kakuma Town

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009

           

Refugees in Kakuma Camp experienced many different events relating to religion, social life, politics, education, and encampment in the year 2008. These contributed to their joys or added to their sorrows.

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What’s the Fuss About?

Posted in Community and Culture by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Volume 1, Issue / January 2009

           After the disturbances of the previous year, I felt the need to recapture the spirit of the year’s most anticipated holiday, Christmas. It was another perfect excuse for me to travel and go outside the camp. (more…)

“True Seekers of Peace”

Posted in Arts by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009

Only the hypocritical seekers of peace can stand out

in the market places and public places to shout

“Peace! We Want Peace!” (more…)

Editorial Note

Posted in Uncategorized by KANERE on January 20, 2009

Two stories from December 2008 have been removed due to concerns over sensitivity of information. We seek to uphold the highest standards of socially responsible reporting in our online publication, and will continue to closely monitor our editorial decisions in this light.