Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Letter from the Editor

Posted in Letter from the Editor by KANERE on February 11, 2011

2010-11 Winter Quarterly (November-December-January)

To all KANERE readers here and abroad:

In the life of journals KANERE turned its second year in December 2010, and its writers continue to stand strong in advocating for refugees. This quarterly winter issue marks the last news dispatches from the year 2010 and early 2011.

We send our wishes for a pleasant 2011 to all our readers, supporters and criticizers, wherever you may be. We would like to send note of thanks to all our readers and supporters throughout the last year and to encourage you to continue with us in the same spirit this year.

While life in the camp has seen little change over the past three months, the Sudanese Referendum marked a defining moment for Sudan. It is a real test for many Southerners worried about their relatives who live on both sides of the North and South. Everyone is thinking: unity or break away? Kakuma was cited as a major voting centre in the Rift Valley Province.

Numerous incidents of violence punctuated the holiday season as refugees were reported dead on the outskirts of camp or in their own homes. In early January 2011, a fire erupted in the refugee community of Kakuma One, sending several refugees to the hospital and destroying properties valued at hundreds of thousands Kenya shillings.

Human right organizations have released alarming reports on protracted refugee situations, calling attention to serious harassment and rights violations of refugees and asylum seekers in their countries of asylum. According to an Amnesty International report released in December 2010, the harassment of Somali refugees by Kenyan police and soldiers has reached intolerable levels.

The weather in Kakuma and its surrounding environs during the past three months remained dry and sunny characterized by cold nights.

As we speak in a louder voice, we appeal for better protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya and urge an end to encampment policy!  We wish a peaceful environment in Southern Sudan.

Signed,

KANERE Editor

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  1. Eskender said, on February 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Kanere,you are very good writer/jornalist.
    Thank you for your assisting refugee or for realesing real information on your web.

    Eskender

    from Kakuma||
    I am Ethiopian Oromo

  2. Filipe Lopes said, on February 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Hello,
    My name is Filipe Lopes, and iam fromPortugal, and maybe I will go to Kakuma next April.
    So I want to know if you can send me some information about Kenya, Kakuma anda other important informations.

    Best Regards

  3. Rick ; Kenai LLc. said, on February 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    You have done a fine job with your News. I would like to help you all out. But I can not get my email to you , please email me at rickykenai@yahoo.com . Also I want to sponsor one of your People who has lost his Eyes from the War . I will support the person in the usa and help train him to operate a Brail Computer Lap Top. From Rick .

  4. KANERE said, on February 26, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Dear Rick,

    Thank you very much for your comments and the concerns over the plight of the refugees in relations to the aftermaths of the wars and many forms of the conflicts which have displaced and drive people in dangerous places like in camps!

    Your assistance are welcome and you can contact the Editorial board of KANERE at kakuma.news@gmail.com

    KANERE Desk!

  5. PETER said, on April 21, 2011 at 6:17 am

    To Kanere Team,

    I am so much sadden to hear the lack of the protection you guys are facing there in camp kakuma, i am in mombasa kenya and might think of following up this sad issues in your blog and securities the refugees are facing!

    to begin from this threats, who threathened the Kanere editor or who is threatened and by who and why?

    i will hope to get clear reply to this and thank you for all your good activities in kakuma camp..

    Peter

  6. KANERE said, on April 25, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Hello Peter,

    Thanks for asking over the situation here,
    This is not the first time journalists at KANERE faced with threats, since the beginning of the newspaper; the issues of Insecurity problems have occurred several times and journalists have failed to understand what motives has been frequenting behind escalated problems!

    They refused to identify themselves and their locations. They used the following mobile numbers when they threatened to kill me on the 24th March 2011. 1.) +61402667720 at 11:39 2.) +61421374538 at 11:49hrs local Kenya time…

    Looking forward to your affirmative response,

    Editorial

  7. BOBBY said, on May 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    ARE U KIDDING ME? THIS IS TERRIBLE!!


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