About the Kakuma Refugee Camp

Sackville Tribune - - TANTRAMAR -

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.

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