Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Letter from the Editor

Posted in Letter from the Editor by KANERE on August 21, 2011

Dear KANERE readers and prospective supporters:

We apologize for the delayed publication of this issue. Publication was hindered by challenges and struggles that render tenuous the very existence of free press in the Kakuma refugee camp. Indeed, without determined efforts from the entire KANERE community here and abroad we might have not come this far.

KANERE’s operations, which function on a voluntary basis, have been impeded by mounting dangers.  These dangers include:  threats to security, prolonged droughts, high mortality rates at the refugee camp hospital and violent conflict within the camp.  The usually short rain season, for example, has intensified famine for the livestock of local pastoralists in Turkana. Inside the camp, however, flooding from rainfall in May caused considerable damage to hundreds of shelters. These themes emerge repeatedly in the articles that follow.

Luckily, there is good news as well.  The KANERE community is immensely grateful to the planners who put the camp under a new address and blocking system, enhancing accessibility and directions to the camp settlement. The number of Camp and urban refugees reading KANERE daily has also gradually increased through computer and mobile phone technologies.  Our readers extend discussion of these stories with comments and contributions on our blog. We encourage readers inside and outside Kakuma to support us by telling and distributing the stories to others.

KANERE’s objective is to enable and promote the existence of civil society, currently fractured and facing many perils inside the camp. Most gravely, the forceful suppression of free press has created a self-perpetuating crisis. This censorship is experienced intimately in daily life. To be sure the stories in this issue reveal multiple powerful paradoxes that are not easily resolved. Underpinning these is the persistence of human suffering!

KANERE represents the only organized effort toward a sustainable civil society inside the Kakuma refugee camp.  We ask the standard-bearers of human rights stand with us and protect those whose rights are routinely violated in the Kakuma refugee camp. We hope that our readers enjoy the articles, and we encourage you all to make contributions to the Refugee Free Press and post comments on our stories so we can continue this lively conversation.


KANERE Editor-in-chief

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  1. KANERE said, on September 12, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    KANERE sends good wishes and condolences to the families and friends of the Nairobi slum fire tragedy.

    The fire broke out yesterday that was caused by liking oil pipeline that passes through a densely populated area. More than hundred are reported dead and more than 160 were also reported treated at Kenyatta National Hospital. Many slum dwellers were seen harvesting liking oil during the scene. The Government is said to composite the families of the victims who died.

    Who is to blame for the Tragedy?

  2. Dean Moull said, on November 29, 2011 at 3:07 am

    My name is Dean Moull, I am a journalist and author based in the UK. I have worked extensively in Kenya and am currently researching for my second book. It’s based upon long term/protracted refugee situations including those in Kakuma and Dadaab in Kenya. I am visiting Kenya early in 2012 and would like to spend some time with your organisation and residents of Kakuma so that your story can be told to the wider world. The working title is ‘After The Cameras Leave: The Forgotten Refugees’. My hope is that the book will keep the ongoing issues of forced migration and refugee camps in the international news spotlight after the initial interest such as that seen during the recent Horn Of Africa drought/famine.

    I would be very pleased to hear from your organisation in this respect,

    Yours sincerely
    Dean Moull

  3. KANERE said, on December 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Dear Dean Moull,

    You are welcome to this site. Thanks for your comments and visiting, it’s very interesting to hear about your research work on protracted refugee situations! we welcome your research work.

    You can also write to KANERE at: kakuma.news@gmail.com and i will respond to you as soon as possible.

    The Press Editor

  4. EriLong said, on December 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Oh! Good good!
    Thanks you!

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