Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Female refugees turn to Suicide and drug to escape agonizing camp life

By Qaabata Boru – kakuma.news@gmail.com, July 2019

Decreases in the number of resettlement places available and a cut in food rations have led to growing levels of suicide, drug abuse and alcoholism as a coping mechanism among female refugees in Kakuma refugee camp, northwest Kenya, a home for more than 88,000 women from different East and central African countries, who’ve escaped war or civil strife. (more…)

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Community Talking Point: Integration and Freedom of Movement

By KANERE staff reporter, May 2019

What do you think about the refugees integration and the freedom of movement? The Refugee Affairs secretariat (RAS), the main body responsible for refugees in Kenya, in conjunction with UNHCR, Refugee Consortiumof Kenya (RCK), and other implementing agencies held a one-day meeting with refugees on May 12th to discuss integration in Kalobeyei.

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Biometric Registration faces strong religious resistance in Kakuma

By Ibrahim with Qaabata – KANERE Staff writers April 2019

With the aim of creating a centralized database of everyone residing in Kenya, including foreigners and refugees, the government launched a nationwide bio-metric registration that includes refugee camps. (more…)

Community App Built for Kakuma and Kalobeyei Refugees

Posted in Education, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on July 31, 2019

By KANERE staff writer July 2019

Refugees in Kakuma and Kalobeyei will soon have access to a new smartphone application designed to increase access to critical information despite high data costs and poor network coverage. RELAY is a community app developed by REFUNITE, an NGO that is best known for its use of phone technologies to reunite families separated through forced displacement. (more…)

Water Shortage in Kakuma Camp

Posted in Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on July 31, 2019

By KANERE Staff writer, April 2019

The Kakuma refugee camp has been hit by a shortage of water since January, forcing camp residents to wake in the middle of the night to queue with their jerricansat community water taps for morning collection. Although water shortages have become the norm during dry seasons, the current shortage is worse than usual. (more…)

Gang Rape Reported in Kalobeyei Settlement

By KANERE staff writer, February 2019

A South Sudanese woman was allegedly raped in her house in Kalobeyei settlement on the night of February 3rd, 2019 at 1:00am when two unknown attackers armed with crude weapons entered the house. They had followed the woman as she returned from her relatives’ house, where she had been visiting and watching television. (more…)

Using Tech to Bring Services closer to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Camp

Posted in Education, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2018

By Qaabata & Tolossa – KANERE journalists

Kakuma residents are now able to use their mobile phones to communicate with UNHCR staff and schedule appointments. (more…)

Refugees receive RSD letters from RAS

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2018

BY KANERE News Desk – kakuma.news@gmail.com

The Refugee Affairs Secretariat distributes decision letters to anxious refugees in the wake of the Refugee Status Determination transfer process. (more…)

SNHU Global Education Movement (GEM) and Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) Introduce New Programme for Kakuma Residents at Student-Employer Networking Event

Posted in Contributors, Education, Humanitarian Services, Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2018

By Ebssa Tolossa – KANERE reporter

Students from Kakuma’s newest higher education programme had an opportunity to chat with area professionals, business leaders, and agency representatives. (more…)

Kiziba refugees protest

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on February 22, 2018

By Qaabata Boru & Roland Kalamo

On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018: A large movement of refugees – some report several thousand – departed on foot from the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda. Leaders declared that they were repatriating to the DRC in response to both recent and proposed reductions in aid provision. It may be one of the first examples of voluntary repatriation undertaken as a protest.

During a confrontation with Rwandan military, soldiers fired live bullets with intentions to force refugees back to the camp. At least 11 refugees died according to the report from UNHCR Rwanda, a protestor was wounded when a bullet struck his foot, and several other injuries were alleged during the mayhem.

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Political refugee killed by Kakuma police

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on February 11, 2018

By KANERE News Desk

Murder of an Ethiopian refugee man remain a misery to relatives and community (more…)

Trump administration and its negative effect on refugees

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates by KANERE on February 11, 2018

By Qaabata Boru – kakuma.news@gmail.com

The Trump administration’s proposed restrictions and ban on immigration have compounded stress and trauma that is experienced by the camp refugees.  (more…)