Kakuma Refugees Are Getting Vaccinated—but the Global Rollout Is a Fiasco

In April 2021, during  World Health Week, the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program for refugees and asylum seekers living in Kakuma and Kalobeyei was being rolled out at Ammusait General Hospital, Clinic 7 and Natukubenyo Health Centre, respectively. In Kakuma, the first phase sought to prioritize health workers, security personnel, teachers, other criticalContinue reading “Kakuma Refugees Are Getting Vaccinated—but the Global Rollout Is a Fiasco”

Kakuma 1

Kakuma refugee camp is located in the North-western region of Kenya. The camp/Kakuma 1/ was established in 1992 following the arrival of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”. During that year, large groups of Ethiopian refugees fled their country following the fall of the Ethiopian government. Somalia had also experienced high insecurity and civil strife causingContinue reading “Kakuma 1”

Suicides soar as refugees grapple with COVID-19

Although suicide is a common issue in displaced settings, its increased prevalence among refugees in Kakuma illustrates a serious and growing problem, which needs urgent intervention through a multi-sector approach. Suicides have been reported in both Kakuma Refugee Camp and the new Kalobeyei settlement. In January, camp residents were shocked that three people (including menContinue reading “Suicides soar as refugees grapple with COVID-19”

VOA commences FM Radio Stations for Refugees

Feb,2021 In December 2020, the Voice of America (VOA) launched new FM stations serving refugees living in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps. The Kakuma office commenced operations on December 18, 2020 duringInternational Migrant Day. The new 99.9 FM station will serve both refugee and host communities with news, music, and educational content in English, Swahili andContinue reading “VOA commences FM Radio Stations for Refugees”

NGO’s sees Freelancing as a Possible Source of Income for Refugees in Kakuma

February 3,2021 With diminished opportunities for third country resettlement for refugees, UNHCR and its partners have sought new solutions for the growing protracted refugee population in Kakuma and Kalobeyei. As a response to the lack of economic opportunities in Kakuma, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Trade Center (ITC) have come up withContinue reading “NGO’s sees Freelancing as a Possible Source of Income for Refugees in Kakuma”

Kakuma refugees predict improved resettlement if Biden wins

By November 2020 Since Trump took the US Presidency in 2016, refugee issues have been heavily politicized not only in US, the global leader in refugee resettlement and humanitarian support, but also in most European countries, where locals have expressed xenophobia towards refugees and asylum seekers. The Trump administration claimed that they were restricting refugeesContinue reading “Kakuma refugees predict improved resettlement if Biden wins”

Covid-19 Myths in Kakuma

March 2020 Covid-19 has not yet reached Kakuma camp, but misinformation is spreading rapidly. Given the lack of medical infrastructure in Kakuma, it is important that the community does its best to follow public health recommendations that can prevent the spread of the virus. However, misinformation leads people to undertake ineffective strategies, which can beContinue reading “Covid-19 Myths in Kakuma”