IAFR Kakuma

Field notes, stories, perspectives and updates related to our ministry in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Breaking point

November 27, 2023

"I was in the field attending to a crisis in the reception center... We have demonstrations since Saturday and [refugees] destroyed the kitchen and the intervening rooms and injured 3 guards and I had to call the police twice..."

I received this heartbreaking message from a humanitarian worker in Kakuma this morning. We had planned to talk about how IAFR can help with some of the urgent needs in the Kakuma refugee camp reception centers where over 13,000 people - most of whom are children and women - are forced to wait for up to a year before receiving a simple shelter in the refugee camp proper.

The reception centers were built to offer short-term immediate shelter and provisions for hundreds of new arrivals - not thousands. The systems are clearly at breaking point.

Things often turn violent when people lose hope.

Please join me in praying for the children, women, and men seeking refuge in Kakuma today. Please also pray for the humanitarian workers seeking to help them stay alive. The relationship between refugees and NGOs is often strained.

- Tom Albinson

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About IAFR in Kakuma

IAFR has been serving people in Kakuma refugee camp since 2010. 250,000 people (mostly women and children) have found temporary refuge here from war, persecution and gross violations of human rights.

We visit Kakuma 2 times annually, during which time this blog is most active.

Visit the Kakuma page on the IAFR.org website to learn more!

Our Partners

We partner with United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) - a refugee initiated association of over 160 churches from within the camp and surrounding host community.

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