“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”
A humanitarian vehicle involved in an accident killing a secondary school student. (more…)
By Qaabata Boru – firstname.lastname@example.org
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…)
Darfurian refugee men seized an AK47 rifle from identified members of the Turkana community in Kakuma. (more…)
KANERE talks to beneficiaries of food aid in Kakuma: (more…)
By Addisu Aznato – Kakuma
One day I asked my students in Intermediate English Language class if they had known the English word “beauty”, but they said they hadn’t. (more…)
World Food Programme to cut food rations for Kenyan refugees by half, affecting over 500,000 camp residents. (more…)
More than 700 people including a dozen refugees from Kakuma refugee camp were among those held hostage. (more…)
In Kakuma refugee camp the International Day of Persons Living with Disability is observed, falling within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. (more…)
Dear KANERE readers,
I take this opportunity to welcome our readers through this double edition of KANERE. It’s with huge compliment as we send our heartfelt condolences to refugee communities in Kenya following the large scale security swoops that have targeted the refugee populations in the urban areas since April.
For several months, the weather in Kakuma remained warm and dry. The camp observed relatively fewer security problems as compared to a year earlier. However, some parts of the camp had experienced violent tribal conflicts among the South Sudanese communities that led to four people dead including a school going teenager.
In this issue, we are focusing more on the plight of the refugees in urban centers with in-depth stories illustrating facts about the recently launched ‘Usalama Watch’ or ‘Counter-terrorism’ operation.
The operation is an attempt to identify illegal aliens residing in the country and subsequently to eliminate the people from places the Kenyan government believes to be harboring terrorists. The operation had largely negative impacts on the foreigners and the refugees in the country, who have criticized and opposed the move.
The arrest and detention of refugees in the urban areas started on the 1st April as a part of a large scale security operation by the security machinery. It was followed by forced relocation to isolated refugee camps. Refugees interviewed by Kanere journalists, told of illegal arrests, extortion and detentions by police.
Hundreds of refugees, mainly of Somali origin, were deported without the due process of law. There are bitter stories of how families were split. Mothers were separated from their children and even by the end of July, there are several families who are not yet reunited.
During the month of April, many Non-governmental organizations providing humanitarian services, including the UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR, kept silent. They might have reasons for this or are they too afraid to exercise their mandate? Refugees in Kakuma are speculating on what will happen if the Kenyan government decides to close all the camps and force the refugees out of the country?
As a double edition, we have other stories on the inter-clan conflict between the Diauechuk and Ayuel, subgroups of South Sudan’s Dinka tribes, and an in-depth-story on the “Lost Boys” of Sudan – a generation that has lost for the second time.
Other stories cover the refugee interpreters who went on protest demanding a raise in the incentive payment as employees of UNHCR; while as a tradition, the World Refugee Day was commemorated by both the camp residents and the members of the host community at Kalemchuch field.
The colorful day was “celebrated” by the humanitarian aid agencies and had high profile guests. Among other notables in attendance were US Ambassador Robert Godec, UK Ambassador Christian Turner and three other Ambassadors to Kenya, Government officials including the county commissioner for Turkana West.
In this past week Kenya witnessed its 17th explosion since the Westgate attack. The country has suffered scores of grenades, gunfire assaults and continues to face threats of terror attacks from Somalia based Al-Shabaab militia. However, it’s not yet clear why the US is pulling the Peace Corps Volunteers out of Kenya secretly!
In this edition, Kanere is reminding the Government of Kenya and UNHCR, in line with protection of refugees and asylum seekers in the country, that international law forbids the refoulement (forced expulsion) of refugees.
We are looking forward to a day that the governments, the world leaders and those who are directly dealing with refugees would have a better understanding and a well established mechanism for dealing with issues surrounding the security of persons of concern in need of international protection.
We hope by reading through these stories everyone can be able to act to the best of their ability for the protection of refugees globally.
Get back to us with your feedback, get involved, send your positive contributions as well as criticism!
Editorial Executive – KANERE