About the Kakuma Refugee Camp
The Kakuma Refugee Camp, established in 1992 to serve Sudanese refugees, now houses more than 180,000 people from more than 20 countries, who live in thatched roof huts, tents or mud abodes. There is little opportunity for the refugees to engage in economic activity within the camp, and little freedom of movement outside its boundaries. In many ways, writes one UNHCR (Union Refugee Agency in Canada) report, Kakuma is more like a prison than a refugee camp: “Here, children age to adulthood and hope fades to resignation.”
The congestion at the camp leads to regular acts of violence, conflicts and sexual assaults.