Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Mother and Son died in arson attack

Posted in Human Rights, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2016

A refugee woman and her son died from a fire incident that took place in Kakuma refugee camp. (more…)

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An NGO vehicle knocked down a refugee child

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2016

A refugee child died in an aggressive road accident in Kakuma (more…)

Resilience in Laughter

Posted in Arts, Community and Culture, Education, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on December 31, 2016

By Tolasa Shome and Qaabata Boru

Clowns Without Borders bring joy to Kakuma children (more…)

I Hate My Tribe

Posted in Arts, Opinion by KANERE on December 31, 2016

By Addisu

A tribe is a group of people, often who live together sharing the same language, culture and history, especially those who do not live in towns or cities. (Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 3rd edn.)

According to me, in relation to modernization and social integration of global society, tribal sentiment is a backward idea that can vanish in the process of civilization.

Look at the above definition of tribe which says “Tribe is … those who do not live in towns or cities.” For those who live in rural villages in their tribe, their tribe matters a lot than – their nationhood – because their tribe is their world. It would be an amazing question to a ‘White Man’ (a European or North American) if you ask them what is their tribe. This is not because they never had a tribe but they passed the tribal stage of human evolution and abandoned their tribe long, long ago through civilization and urbanization to the extent that this question surprises them. Today, they (western civilized societies) do not have a tribe but a race of civilized people, and that is where the global society is heading to.

Civilization coupled with digital technology has speeded up the global social integration of peoples of different cultures. We are a global community who share languages, cultures, values, etc.

If we look at the origin of conflicts especially in Africa, they often have an ethnic dimension and are deeply rooted in tribal divisions. The decades-long conflict in South Sudan is one good example.

Tribalism is a precursor of racism; and a tribalist is a racist in a broader view. If we are tribalist, why should we blame others for being racist?

If we use our tribe to discriminate against, marginalize, and/or to promote hatred against others who are not our tribesmen, then do not ask me my tribe. I HATE MY TRIBE.

Letter from the Editor

Posted in Letter from the Editor by KANERE on February 13, 2016

Dear KANERE readers,

This issue remains true to our core principles of providing rich and informative content in a manner that is easy for our readers to understand.

First of all, we apologise for the long stretch over the year 2015 without any publication from KANERE, this has been due to the lack of funding for effective reporting and material support that should enable smooth operation of the organization.

In this edition, we bring diverse stories from across the camp and the region thus with rather a double edition. There are stories from as late as October where refugees seized an AK47 rifle from identified attackers in the camp. In one incident, a refugee woman was gang raped and several cases of gender based violence continue to happen in the camp. The situation of insecurity has continued to deteriorate all through the fall of the year.

Additionally, at least four people have died following the El Niño rains. Hundreds of families have been displaced within the camp settlements as a result of the flooding that often threatened the transport systems. Meanwhile the introduction of Bamba Chakula – an initiative by World Food Program – has earned a negative reaction from the beneficiaries of the food aid. We have collected the opinions of the camp residents on the new system of cash vouchers, allowing refugees to share information on the issues of public interest that affect their lives.

Our editorial contribution for this edition comes from Kathleen Agena, a humanitarian and social justice worker and the founder of the Lindus Institute. Kathleen advocates that a realist approach to refugee crisis should be adopted in tackling the refugee crisis globally.

There are several other stories that are lined up for you and we will keep reporting in spite of the challenges.

As the true voice of the refugees, KANERE is seeking financial support in order to continue to give right to be heard to Kakuma residents and in the region.

Your contribution and feedback is of great value to us.

Best wishes for 2016!

Sincerely,

Qaabata Boru

Editorial Executive – KANERE

Quotes of the months for November, December – January Edition 2016

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on February 13, 2016

“When they entered into the Mosque, their aim was to kill us. We don’t know why,”

– Said Karra, a Darfurian man/ “Refugees seized a gun from robbers”

 

“The lorry was taking a wrong turn at high speed when the accident happened,”

             – Obang, an eyewitness, told KANERE/ “Accident in Kakuma 3”

 

“I was hit with a rod on my knee and another attacker pulled my leg while a man with gun and another attacker started beating my husband,”

                 – Latifa narrated her nightmare/ “Attacked and gang raped”

 

“WFP and UNHCR started providing refugees with 100 shillings on a monthly basis. Was it helping refugees or punishing them?”

– Mohammed, a community leader, Kakuma 2/ “Community Talking Point: The Introduction of Bamba Chakula”

 

“A nurse administered quinine to the kid and before it finishes, another nurse added more quinine leading to drug overdose,”

– Said Erick who is an area resident/ “Child negligence”

 

“I run with my children, my husband went to bush and he never returned,”

– Mrs. Deng told KANERE/ “Signing of Peace Deal in South Sudan”

 

“I was issued with the SIM Card by WFP but I don’t have a phone. I never received the secret PIN from them and my family missed the voucher over 5 months now. Any help?”

– Mulki Jamal, Kakuma 4 area/ “Community Talking Point: The Introduction of Bamba Chakula”

 

“The driver deliberately forced his way into the river as both the passengers and road user are shouting to him to stop, we blame him,”

                 – Jamal Farah a member of the victims’ family told KANERE/ “Four Died in Flood”

 

“It was after a long struggle inside the Mosque that we are able to seize the gun from thieves and two others escaped,”

– Ranna said in an interview with KANERE/ “Refugees seized a gun from robbers”

 

“It was devastating to see women and children stranded and starving in the bush and along the border points,”

– KANERE’s reporter at Nadapal/ “Signing of Peace Deal in South Sudan”

 

“We blame the staff at the clinic for negligence on my child,”

                 – Esinyen told KANERE in an interview/ “Child negligence”

 

Child negligence

Posted in Health, Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on February 13, 2016

A Turkana child died from drug administration in Kakuma medical clinic. (more…)

Accident in Kakuma Three

Posted in Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates by KANERE on February 13, 2016

A humanitarian vehicle involved in an accident killing a secondary school student. (more…)

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Signing of peace deal

Posted in News Updates by KANERE on February 13, 2016

By Qaabata Boru – qaabata007@yahoo.com

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of warfare and yet the state has failed to manage its own administration in accordance with the rule of law. A series of violent outbreaks based on ethnic cleansing have been organized since December 2013. (more…)

Refugees seized a gun from robbers

Posted in Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on February 13, 2016

Darfurian refugee men seized an AK47 rifle from identified members of the Turkana community in Kakuma. (more…)

Attacked and gang raped

Posted in Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates, Peace and Security by KANERE on February 13, 2016

By Qaabata Boru – qaabata007@yahoo.com

A refugee woman was attacked and gang raped in presence of her husband in Kakuma (more…)

Four died in flood

Posted in Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates by KANERE on February 13, 2016

Four people died in the flooded Nakoyo river in Kakuma zone. (more…)

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