Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Quotes of the Month: March-April 2009

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on April 12, 2009

“In the refugee camps I visited in Tanzania and Kenya, refugees interviewed strongly felt that their rights and freedoms were not being fully upheld by UNHCR. Refugees organizing themselves into associations or free press often face hostility far greater from UNHCR staff than sometimes government organs.”

-Zachary Lomo, “Essay on Refugee Human Rights”

“We demand for justice and democratic governance, as decisions are only made half-way since the refugees are not involved in the policy and laws that govern refugees in Kakuma.”

-Refugee community leader / “Democracy and Refugee Participation in Decision-Making”

“Everyone talks about rights or human rights, but there is nothing like rights I got in Kakuma.”

-Ethiopian rejected asylum seeker / “Refugee Status Determination: Facing Rejection”

“Can WFP change this MixMe into locally produced food rather than bringing externally produced chemicals that are harmful to refugees, who are used as laboratory animals for someone’s university research?”

-Anonymous refugee / “Community Talking Point: Mix Me”

“UNHCR without refugees is like a mirror without eyes—impossible. But refugees without UNHCR is possible, if they are given freedom. Refugees have potential to do things. But it’s not tested. If refugees are not given a chance and freedom, they cannot know their capacity and the value of life.”

-Ethiopian refugee / “Refugee Life at An Angle”

“Life is a circular motion, which rotates on its own axis with every individual. Through it, there’s happiness, sadness, love, peace, conflict, and many good and bad fortunes. One can have one day of life and die, others may have hundreds of years of age, but still they make a full circle. The difference is only the size of the radius.”

-Ugandan refugee / “Refugee Life at An Angle”

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  1. mamush said, on May 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    i am very happy to see more articles in KANERE of may edition.continue your hard work and your voice is very important to give the views of your life and beyond gives inspiration to others who would like to be heared.

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