IAFR Kakuma

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

Going to America

October 22, 2022

This family as at the beginning of a new life changing journey. They were forced to flee Sudan over 20 years ago. When we met at the Kakuma airstrip on Friday, they had a few suitcases wrapped in tape that read "IOM" - the global agency that handles the logistics of refugee resettlement.

The son spoke English, so I asked where they were being resettled. He said, Las Vegas. A million thoughts went through my mind. I decided to simoly let him know that Las Vegas is in a desert too.

His mom didn't speak English, but clearly welcomed our reassurance that we were happy they were coming to America. I encouraged them to remember that God is with them now and will be with them there as well.

They will fly on to the US sometime next week after some orientation in Nairobi.

May God have good people waiting to welcome them in Nevada.

- Tom Albinson

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About IAFR in Kakuma

IAFR has been serving people in Kakuma refugee camp since 2010. About 195,000 people (mostly women and children) have found temporary refuge here from war, persecution and gross violations of human rights.

We visit Kakuma 2-3 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.

We also partner with National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK), an exceptional humanitarian agency.

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