Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

The Bloody Murder

Posted in News Updates by KANERE on July 16, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 5-6 / May-June 2009

A man murdered at the break of the dawn in kakuma two phase II of kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.

A refugee man who was identified as Ergalem Temellese, Eritrean, refugee was murdered on 28/5/2009 by unregistered man under the UNHCR who was later identified as Bulcha Badasa who claimed to be Ethiopian refugee. This date was on the 20th May 2001 according to Ethiopian calendar which marks the 18th anniversary day of Ethiopian People Revolution Democratic Front (E.P.R.D.F) in Ethiopia.

This incident makes situation more complicated since this looks of a more political intruders comes into the camp, may live within the refugee communities, and left unrecognized.

The death of Ergalem was very astonishing and made people fearful. The two had been living together as friends for now two year because they came together from Shashamane town back in Ethiopia. They were living inside a temporary shelter like any other refugees at Kakuma II phase II of the camp. According to Bulcha Badasa during an interview with Kanere Journalist at Kakuma police station on the 29th may 2009.

When Kanere asked him why he committed such crimes, he could not clearly figure out reasons why.

According sources from the communities, Bulcha killed Ergalem while he was sleeping, with a heavy object described as stone that hit his head as the medical doctor from kakuma mission hospital stated on the second day. “I have never seen this before in my life. There was a big crack on the head of this victim and all this bleeding was a result of the internal bleeding. A heavy stone of approximately ten kilo gram’s might have hit his head.” said the medical doctor.

“I have killed him and I’m done. I just surrendered myself to Kenya police because I know I cannot escape. I will be okay with any kind of decision made on this case by the government”. Said Bulcha Badasa. Bulcha claimed that he murdered Ergalem since they had political differences that force him to fled Ethiopia.

During an interview with Kanere Bulcha stated that he arrived in the camp in 2005 but Eritrean community leader stated that Bulcha arrived in 2007 and was not registered refugee under UNHCR. According to the community leader he acknowledge that Bulcha is a registered, so this is not a care that concern with UNHCR but the Kenya Government but the question remain on the UNHCR on how Bulcha gets into the camp? Refugees some source; how did he have consideration to be provided with shelter, food and medical at kakuma refugee hospital when he committed suicide?

Many rumors and speculation goes around the Eritrean and Ethiopian community in Kakuma one that Bulcha was an expert killed where he had and also attempted to murder several refugees in the neighboring communities like Uganda, Sudan and in Kenya. “after he fled from Uganda on unidentified circumstances he came to Nairobi, Kenya where he was imprison for six (6) months for murdering an Ethiopian refugee by name Ably in 2007, said anonymous refugee source.

Additionally, before Bulcha came to Kakuma Refugee camp he chopped off on head of GETANA known refugee to Eritrean leaders. Fortunately, Gatana survived and Bulcha managed to escape to unknown place for some time but the victim got resettlement to Canada between 2002-2003 according to sources.

Neighbors stated that Bulcha was been threatening to kill Eritrean by sharpening machete for several days. “I personal felt load on the death of Ergalem, who reported to me the matter and also police station and Ergalem was arrested by a police officer at Kakuma 3 and kept in the cell for three days.” Said anonymous refugee at Kakuma 2 phase 2.

In 2006, the murderer committed suicide by stumping himself seven (7) times in his stomach and was admitted to Kakuma Refugee camp Hospital

8 Responses

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  1. addis said, on August 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    1 how bulcha badasa get into the camp if he is unregistered man
    2 i want to know bulcha’s reson for killing ergallem
    3 what kind of legal action taken?i want full information

  2. Fetlewerk Mitiku said, on August 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Am a sister of Ergalem Temeliso, and we all are shocked when we here the news and especially our mother get fent…..by now we would like to know the reason that he was killed and what legal action are you taking?
    Please for God sake dont let this cruel murderer, we leave every thing for God! He is a good layer!

    I would like to bless all of you who are working in secuirity and following the case in all matters.

    May God bless you and all your fruits, in Jesus name, Amen.

  3. Zebene Belachew said, on August 8, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hello Dir Sir/Madam

    This is to let you know how I fill as I read this horrible message from the kakuma news. This is so un humanistic and filled with devil actions…, I personally fill sorry while I read it and one thing that I want to know from you is that please let us know this cruel person, and release his picture in this web site and I would like to know also what legal action is taken on the person.

    I wish to hear soon every thing!

    With best regard!

  4. Zebene Belachew said, on August 8, 2009 at 11:12 am

    One thing I want to add

    this is blood is shouting like a kyle blood, if you people there are on the side of God please put the man in the face of law and we would like to know every action taken on the matter……


  5. KANERE said, on August 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    thanks for your comment. we can only provided info as on the web page, regarding the legal actions taken we direct you consult GoK, e.g kakuma police.

  6. Ismail said, on December 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I feel sorry about Ref plight.

  7. fitsum said, on December 23, 2009 at 9:59 am

    shame on him! he is a cold blooded killer,he deserves max penality may lord revange him,rest in peace brother!

  8. Eskender said, on February 17, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Bulcha released on 14,02,2011 and got protection by UNHCR

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