Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Poem: “Gagged”

Posted in Arts by KANERE on November 8, 2010

It’s hurting to gag

Lonesome amidst dreads

as we gave (more…)

Poem: “Amazing Life”

Posted in Arts by KANERE on November 8, 2010

No Alteration, timid was a work shy,

Why should the bush torture me?


Opinion: Being a Refugee in Mind and Life

Posted in Opinion by KANERE on November 8, 2010

Being a refugee is not an easy matter; it exerts strong impact on different aspects of life and mental peace. (more…)

Community Talking Point: What do you think of government involvement in camp life?

Posted in Community and Culture, Opinion by KANERE on November 8, 2010

What do you think of the Kenyan Government involvement in management of the camp, the security situation, decision-making bodies, and refugee feedback mechanisms? (more…)

Child Protection Cases and Aftermath for Victims

Posted in Human Rights, Peace and Security by KANERE on November 8, 2010

The sorrow of child abuse is compounded in Kakuma by difficult court cases and community aftermath for victims’ families. (more…)

Insecurity Persists in Camp

Posted in Peace and Security by KANERE on November 8, 2010

Armed-robbery attack in Kakuma Four killed a man at Block V and injured three others.


Murder of an Infant

Posted in News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on November 8, 2010

A 12-day-old baby was killed in a gun-shooting at Kakuma Two. (more…)

Killer Calling Hoax

Posted in Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates by KANERE on November 8, 2010

Many mobile phone users in Kakuma panicked after they received false warning messages. (more…)

Opportunity for Resettlement and Higher Education in Canada

Posted in Education, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on November 8, 2010

On August 17th and 23rd twenty-eight refugees departed Kakuma for Canada, where they will pursue higher-education and a new life outside the refugee camp. (more…)

UNHCR High Commissioner Visits Kakuma Camp

Posted in Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on November 8, 2010

A two-day visit by Antonio Guterres, chief UNHCR Geneva, left a lot of unmet refugees’ expectations, including security, food rations, and fuel or firewood, Refugee Status Determination (RSD), health care, and camp lighting remained among several other untouched challenges of refugees in Kakuma camp. (more…)

Letter from the Editor: July-October 2010

Posted in Letter from the Editor by KANERE on November 8, 2010

To all KANERE readers here and abroad:

We are delighted to release this issue. It is tremendous honor to speak on behalf of all the thousands of refugees in camps who don’t have the chance to scream to the world that “Yes, we exist!”

Despite the lack of resources and the funding for the paper, volunteer KANERE journalists always have determination to keep the candle burning!

For the last three months, the life in the camp was marked by high-profile visitors, as the Chief UNHCR High Commissioner Geneva embarked on the second visit to Kakuma Camp since the camp’s establishment in 1992. His visit was marked by the provision of street lights through a community lighting project. Refugees are eagerly waiting the successful start of lighting systems in the communities.

The security of the camp rose and fell at times: a baby boy was killed by a gunshot, while a man was recently killed at Kakuma Four and many others seriously injured following similar attacks.

In Kakuma Town and Kenya, the country had a very successful Referendum that was followed by the promulgation. The country celebrated its first national holiday after the rebirth of the Nation on the 20th October 2010 for Mashujaa Day.

On the international scene, 90 journalists were killed in Mexico’s most deadly area while they were on duty, according to the Media Watchdog Press Emblem Campaign. We send our prayers and solidarity.

Kindly, post your comments and views on our blog or write to the Editor at Kakuma.news@gmail.com.

We believe you will enjoy reading KANERE!


The Editor

Quotes of the Month: July-October 2010

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on November 8, 2010

“I just feel so much emptiness in my arms where my child should belong. In every dark night I recall when my son was killed.”

-Mother of a 12-day-old baby boy killed by a gunshot

“This change in culture and behavior will develop into mental stress in almost all refugees, but the degrees of stress will differ according to each and every individual. It’s an undeniable fact that you could really develop real stress even if you consider that you are a free person or free of this problem.”

-T., writing on the experience of being a refugee

“I have family and friends abroad and I still cannot answer any calls that are strange, because I cannot risk dying simply.”

– M., a Somali living in Kakuma One worried about the killer calls hoax

“We find our jerrycans kicked off the water taps, stones thrown at us frequently, and we even don’t sleep in our house some nights due to too much fear and frustration.”

– A., mother of an 8-year-old boy involved in a child abuse case

“This solar lighting project was first initiated in Kakuma so that determination can be made if such initiatives can be established in other refugee camps.”

-Marge Gorge, of UNHCR EDP–Kakuma, on a new lighting project in the camp

“It is good to have lights through the whole night in the camp, especially in the areas which gunmen use when they attack and kill refugees.”

-A Rwandan-Sudanese refugee on the long-awaited lights to be installed in the camp

“The Refugee Consortium of Kenya is doing a good job helping refugees and asylum seekers on legal protection. The Department of Refugee Affairs is showing low performance in being firm and independent. The decision-making body is not fair and just in line to the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) and Resettlement, and that is why the feedback takes so long. The security is still challenging.”

M., a case worker with LWF commenting on the Community Talking Point