Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Insufficient Food Supply Leads to Trade and Bartering

Posted in Business and Development, Health by KANERE on May 12, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 4-5 / March-April 2009

With food supplies already meager, refugees must exchange food items for staples such as charcoal, leaving them hungry.

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JRS Advocates for Mentally Vulnerable

Posted in Health, Humanitarian Services by KANERE on February 28, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 3 / February 2009

 With three-quarters of the refugee population suffering some degree of trauma, JRS has a critical role in providing counseling and psychological services for the mentally vulnerable (more…)

One Girl’s Story: Struggling to Overcome the Odds

Posted in Health by KANERE on February 28, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 3 / February 2009

A Sudanese girl attempted to commit suicide on Christmas Eve after facing enormous challenges; now, she and her younger sister remain alone, waiting for resettlement to Australia (more…)

Refugees Alarmed at Change in Food Rations

Posted in Health by KANERE on January 31, 2009

Sacks of food rations

Sacks of food rations

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009


Refugees were alarmed to see that the food ration package distributed in the second week of January replaced wheat flour with yellow maize meal. Yellow maize meal is rarely eaten even by communities whose staple food is maize. The current malnutrition rate in Kakuma Camp is 15.9 percent of the population, according to a recent UN survey. (more…)

Illegal Chang’aa a Fact of Life

Posted in Health by KANERE on January 31, 2009

A chang'aa brewing operation in Kakuma

A chang'aa brewing operation in Kakuma

Volume 1, Issue 2 / January 2009


The illegal brewing and drinking of chang’aa in Kakuma is a daily reality. With tags like “poison brew” or “kill-me-quick,” chang’aa is an alcoholic brew that can cause death and blindness to its drinkers. Each evening, people strolling in the camp can expect to encounter loud and obnoxious drunks wandering paths and loitering in markets. (more…)

Youth Turn to Drugs to Forget Life Problems

Posted in Health by KANERE on December 22, 2008

A woman sells miraa in the Somali Market.

A woman sells miraa in the Somali Market.

Volume 1, Issue 1 / December 2008

Drug abuse among the youth in Kakuma Refugee Camp is a serious and persistent problem. It has caused many youth to lose their hopes, great expectations, and also their dignity. Youth as young as ten years of age are using drugs, while cases of bhang smoking are reported among children as young as seven years of age. (more…)

Food Security, Food Hygiene in Camp

Posted in Health by KANERE on December 22, 2008

A refugee surveys vegetables in the camp market.

A refugee surveys vegetables in the camp market.

Volume 1, Issue 1 / December 2008

“Little food, more drinks.” It’s a saying you will hear many refugees quote as they discuss the food situation here in Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Currently, a global food crisis that threatens the world economy. Here in Kakuma, the food crisis does not refer to this international phenomenon but to daily food security for refugees. (more…)