Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

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…)

Refugee Interpreters in Protest

Posted in Human Rights, News Updates by KANERE on August 16, 2014

UNHCR interpreters went on protest demanding a raise on the incentive payment. (more…)

The Fate of South Sudan

Posted in Community and Culture, Human Rights, News Updates by KANERE on March 12, 2014

The December war crashing from inside Juba – capital city of South Sudan – has resulted in thousands dead and more than 650,000 people displaced.

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RSD Transition

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on January 8, 2014

The Refugee Status Determination (RSD) process is in transition from the UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR – to the Kenyan government. (more…)

Rights Violation Under Warehousing – By Brett Shadle

Posted in Contributors, Human Rights, News Updates, Opinion by KANERE on January 8, 2014

Do refugees have the right to know about the impacts of decision making on their futures, lives as they live in limbo? (more…)

KANERE – Registered as an NGO

Posted in Human Rights, News Updates by KANERE on November 30, 2013

Kakuma News Reflector (KANERE) has obtained its registration with the government as a national NGO in Kenya (more…)

Classified Fingerprinting

Posted in Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on November 30, 2013

The refugees in Kakuma Camp must go through a bio-metric assessment at all the Food Distribution Centers (more…)

Somali Repatriation

Posted in Human Rights, Humanitarian Services, News Updates by KANERE on November 30, 2013

Is repatriation a solution for Somali refugees? (more…)

Quotes of the months January to June 2013

Posted in Quotes of the Month by KANERE on August 28, 2013

“I started living in this camp from 1997 under plastic tents; we don’t want to live for another 16 years again. What is the meaning of permanent shelters in 2013?”

– Aziza Zenawi said in an interview/ “From Tents into Permanent Blocks”

 

“It’s complicated, the attackers are southerners who are masterminded by David Yau-Yau who is Murle by tribe rebelling against the government of South Sudan,”

– Peter Lam told Kanere outside UNHCR premises/ “Kakuma Camp Continues to Receive New Arrivals”

 

“I felt the rain was too strong with flooding, since the time I started living in Kakuma, it never rained like that day,”

– said an eye witness who saw the corpse lying swollen in the river/ “At least six died in Kakuma floods”

“All the assistance provisions were insufficient and irregular rations coming at an intervals of three to five months. We lost six members who died due to starvation in the past,”

– Luomeyana Ekomuwa IDPs leader/ “Marginalized IDPs in Kakuma”

“The security officers visit my store and demand bribes on daily basis,”

– Abdulrizack Mohamed told Kanere at 6th Street in Eastleigh, Nairobi/ “Government Crackdown on Refugees”

“Without any word, they got into the bus and warned everyone to produce their identity, no sooner, they started calling us Al-shabaab and ordering the bus driver to take us to the Eldoret Police Station,”

– an anonymous Somali refugee told Kanere/ “Somali Dayah Bus with Passengers on Board Arrested in Eldoret Town”

“My village was attacked in the dead of the night, I was raped; other children were abducted, I managed to escape,”

– a South Sudanese rape victim/ “Kakuma Camp Continues to Receive New Arrivals”

“I know some of the people who killed my brother, I saw people killed with machetes,”

–  an anonymous IDP member/ “Marginalized IDPs in Kakuma”

 

“I was in a refugee camp for the last 20 years, while about 20% arrived later; in Dadaab, a person can be killed in the market without finding the killers.”

– Fara Ibrahim a refugee leader of transit group/ “From Tents into Permanent Blocks”

“From what I witnessed, I have learnt that more than seven refugees have so far died in floods in Kakuma,”

– A Somali refugee leader at Kakuma1 Zone6 said in an interview/ “At least six died in Kakuma floods”

“I paid Ksh. 3,000 to a police officer for consideration and another officer re-arrested me. Even after a night in the prison, we contribute money to receive receipts of cash bails,” said an Interviewee who requested to remain anonymous/ “Somali Dayah Bus with Passengers on Board Arrested in Eldoret Town”

“I can’t bear the high humidity under the tent, it burning my soul, it’s too bright outside, waiting next step in life,”

– said a Ugandan two weeks old in Kakuma/ “Kakuma Camp Continues to Receive New Arrivals”

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A Poem for UNHCR

Posted in Arts by KANERE on August 28, 2013

By Ayellow

We are like microorganisms

in a dry riverbed. The Earth, the wind

and our native countries unite to persecute us.

Our countries dispose of us, the earth broils us

and the wind blows us away, de-graded

and traumatized. We have no allies. We only

have U, beloved UNHCR. Life is wind erosion,

Life is dispersing us like dust.

Lucky citizens of the world, if you have

time to breathe today, or go to the beach,

I beg you to look out for us. We are always there

blowing in the wind or sinking in boats

from across your golden beaches.

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World Refugee Day: Kakuma at a Glance

Posted in Human Rights, News Updates by KANERE on August 28, 2013

By Qaabata Boru

Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp has warehoused tens of thousands of refugees for decades. (more…)

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