Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Closure of refugee camps

The unlegislated closure of refugee camps is illegal under the Kenyan Refugees Act of 2011. (more…)

Refugee Verification Exercise

A unified refugee verification exercise in Kakuma was meant to collect refugees’ data (more…)

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Kakuma fraud

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

By KANERE’s News Desk

Five UN staff indicted for fraud are airlifted to Nairobi for investigation.   (more…)

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

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…)

Dilemma of new food distribution mechanism

Posted in Feature Reports, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on February 13, 2016

The introduction of Bamba Chakula has resulted in vulnerable refugees who don’t have cell phones missing their cash vouchers. (more…)

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Community Talking Point: Introduction of Bamba Chakula

Posted in Community and Culture, Humanitarian Services, Opinion by KANERE on February 13, 2016

KANERE talks to beneficiaries of food aid in Kakuma: (more…)

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New approach to refugee camps

Posted in Contributors, Human Rights, Opinion by KANERE on February 13, 2016

By Kathleen Agena – thelindusinstitute@earthlink.net

This tragic scenario can be avoided if a more realistic approach to the refugee crisis is adopted. (more…)

Repatriation of Somali Refugees

Posted in Humanitarian Services, Kakuma Town and Kenya, News Updates by KANERE on December 25, 2014

94 returnees of Somali origin were headed home after decades of exile in the world’s largest refugee camp. (more…)

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Open Letter to the UNHCR Office

Posted in Arts, Opinion by KANERE on August 16, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the Office of UN – High Commissioner for Refugees, Switzerland, Geneva.

Subject: Arbitrary arrest and deportation of refugees in Nairobi (more…)

World Refugee Day 2014

Posted in Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on August 16, 2014

Thousands of refugees in Kakuma and large numbers of humanitarian agencies showed up to commemorate the day with cultural dances. (more…)