Located in the remote northwest of Kenya, Kakuma refugee camp was established in the early 1990s in response to wars and violence in the region. The refugee camp population presently includes around 200,000 women, children and men - most of whom originated from Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, D.R. Congo, Eritrea, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda. Kakuma is among the largest refugee camps in the world.
Turkana West IDP Camp is also located near Kakuma town and is home to about 2,000 women, children and men who were displaced by post election violence in Kenya back in 2007. They live in extreme poverty, with no local supply of water and very little support from the government and international community.
In mid 2016, the Kenyan government opened a new refugee settlement called Kalobeyei about 7 miles from Kakuma. It is clear no one expects the number of refugees in the region to decrease any time soon.
The ministries of URHC (our refugee partner) include caring for the most vulnerable people in Kakuma, church planting, youth ministries and a 3 year leadership training school.
We thank God for our close partnership with National Council of Churches, Kenya (NCCK) in Kakuma!
More Information: IAFR Kenya Blog
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