Magazine article Anglican Journal

LIFE AT KAKUMA: Q&A with Wilson Kinyua, National Council of Churches of Kenya (PWRDF Partner)

Magazine article Anglican Journal

LIFE AT KAKUMA: Q&A with Wilson Kinyua, National Council of Churches of Kenya (PWRDF Partner)

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The Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kakuma, Kenya, was established in 1992 to accommodate 70,000 refugees. By 2015, that number had grown to more than 180,000, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Since 1994, PWRDF has been supporting the work in the camp of the National Council of Churches of Kenya.

Q What are the health challenges facing refugees in Kakuma?

A According to the UNHCR needs assessment for 2016, Kakuma refugees said they were affected by malaria, typhoid, skin conditions, HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, pneumonia and tuberculosis. Interaction with the different communities means a breakdown of the social fabric.The family in transition is prone to challenges including gender-based sexual violence. Sexual activity is currently being used by the warlords as a tool of war, putting many youths and adolescents at risk of contracting diseases and unintended pregnancies.

Q Are people in the camps able to work or earn an income?

A There are no formal jobs available for the refugees, However each organization employs the refugees to work on various areas after some short training, work related mentorship and regular seminars. Some jobs are given to refugees to help them develop resilience as they prepare for their next move, such as resettlement or repatriation. Some refugees work as drivers.

Q How do people get food? Is there a problem with hunger?

A Food is distributed by the World Food Program, based on weight and family size. A food voucher enables refugees to purchase more food from selected vendors. …

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