Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Community Talking Point: Introduction of Bamba Chakula

Posted in Community and Culture, Humanitarian Services, Opinion by KANERE on February 13, 2016

KANERE talks to beneficiaries of food aid in Kakuma: (more…)

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Violence in Kakuma Kills 20

Fighting erupted in Kakuma Refugee Camp killing at least 20 people and injuring hundreds. (more…)

Dinka Clans in Conflict

Posted in Community and Culture, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on August 16, 2014

In Kakuma 1, conflict between the South Sudanese Dinka clans of Diauechuk and Ayuel broke out following an old rivalry.

The Fate of South Sudan

Posted in Community and Culture, Human Rights, News Updates by KANERE on March 12, 2014

The December war crashing from inside Juba – capital city of South Sudan – has resulted in thousands dead and more than 650,000 people displaced.


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Turkana Wedding Ceremony

Posted in Community and Culture, News Updates by KANERE on March 12, 2014

Deacon Michael Eroo and Stella Akom were married, supported by a colorful crowd cheering in many different languages.  (more…)

Community Talking Points: Somali Repatriation

Posted in Community and Culture, News Updates by KANERE on January 8, 2014

KANERE talks to members of the Somali communities: young, old and cultured. “What do you think about the Somali Repatriation?” The refugees share their views. Their perspectives show the diversity of public opinion. (more…)

Pokot Militia Besiege Turkana Villages

The fight between Pokot and Turkana tribes continues to escalate amid government efforts to curb the situation. (more…)

Inter-Communal Conflicts

Posted in Community and Culture, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on November 30, 2013

Six members of the Sudanese Nuer community were arrested by police in Kakuma 2 following inter-communal clashes  (more…)

Muslims Mark Id-Ul-Adha

Posted in Community and Culture, News Updates by KANERE on November 30, 2013

The Faithful decked in fine robes and dresses conducted early morning prayers at Kakuma football field (more…)

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Ten Reasons for the Arts in Refugee Camps

Posted in Arts, Community and Culture, News Updates by KANERE on December 27, 2012

By Awet Andemicael

Last year, I conducted research for UNHCR (available online at http://www.unhcr.org/4def858a9.html), which suggests that artistic activity often plays a powerful positive role in the lives of refugees living in camps, and can help them survive and even thrive emotionally, spiritually, and physically. (more…)

World Refugee Day

Posted in Community and Culture, News Updates by KANERE on July 23, 2012

Theme of the year: One person forced to flee is too many! (more…)

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Community talking point: World Refugee Day

Posted in Community and Culture by KANERE on July 23, 2012

KANERE talks to camp residents on the latest hot topic: What do you think about the World Refugee Day? Their perspective constitutes diverse for public opinion.

World Refugee Day should not be celebrated because it encourages others to become refugees. Exile life is dangerous, you don’t have any rights, protection, justice or future. We are treated as object for other people’s business.

– Mutichaw Mote an Ethiopia

Refugee Day should be commemorated in a special way by giving refugees special gifts or special food ration during the distribution cycle rather than inviting them to dance, I hate that practice.

– Ingabine Rose a Congolese

My perception is sadistic on this day. We are disadvantaged or suffering people. It helps to create awareness on refugees and the role UNHCR are playing on them in relation to camp existence.

– Daniel Yol South Sudanese.

I believe Refugee Day is not for celebration but for mourning for being a refugee. It’s worst being outside one’s country.

– Ayan S. Peace facilitator with LWF

To me exile life is better than refugee life when you have external support. As I have experience, man, it’s hell in the camp, like in a prison. I don’t have rights like other Kenyans.

– Bishar H. a Burundian

UNHCR has been doing little to educate refugees on cohesive living like peaceful coexistence. I would request for more peace initiative campaigns to reduce stereotypes among communities.

– Jimmy a Sudanese – Dinka primary school teacher

Being a refugee is bad. You are deprived of most of your rights and freedom. I don’t see the purpose of music and dances to make UNHCR and NGOs pleased yet there’s no recognition in it.

– Rukunda Jean a Rwandan

This day will only cause a heartburn as I kept on bathing in salty swamp of Kakuma. When the sun goes down the camp becomes dark. I feel like I am alive in the daylight and then dead at night.

– Shamso an Ethiopian KANERE reader

I see no meaning of this day. I have lived here for 6 years with no recognition from both UNHCR and Kenya government. My desire is to go back home when peace prevail in my homeland.

– Wechtour Ethiopian Nuer leader

This day makes me feel very sad; I am a voluntary prisoner in Kakuma. I can’t move freely. I don’t see any reason for cheering the day. We should rather preach peace to prevail in the world. Everything is corrupted here, let the UNHCR think right and give us quicker durable solution.

– Elros an Ethiopian

The day reminds me of the entire bad thing I went through in Kenya. I think we are only refugees physically but not in mind and heart. Refugee process is not fair because resettlement is corrupt. Many refugees have stayed for 20 years still with no hope of being resettled.

– Lallo Osman Sudanese – Nubian

The first thing that comes in my mind is my branded name ‘refugee’. It reflects on death, injuries. Living life full of humiliation and rejections, you have no consideration despite the lies going around claims of human rights, their rights.

– Abdullahi Ahmed a Somali

I am bored of this day. I am tired of being a refugee. Lack of freedom made us to flee home. Living away from family is worst. I still hope for life though. It’s terrible life of restriction by fellow men of the world.

– Adan an Ethiopian Ogaden leader Kakuma 2

This is not a good moment in refugee life. It reminds me of bombings, killings and escape. It’s the worst thing especially when all your rights are denied while we live in Kakuma. Life is doomed.

– Fardosa Ali Kakuma 3

I arrived in Kakuma on 3rd July 1992. I feel like I have lived for 100 years in the camp. In such life, one cannot view life in other end except UNHCR. A life where one depend worse of all.

– Lueth Michael a primary school teacher in Kakuma