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!
Editorial Executive – KANERE
“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”
Girl pounding grains in a mortar
Droves off doves pecking at the bran
With a pestle.
There’s no ration,
For birds from World Food Program.
Volume 1, Issue 5-6 / May-June 2009
Under Five Years Children Life in Kakuma Refugee Camp