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Kakuma town & Refugee Camp.

Kakuma town is located in Turkana District, in the northwestern region of Kenya. The town has hosted the Kakuma Refugee Camp since 1992. This camp serves over 70,000 people from neighbouring countries that have been at war for a long time.

A majority are from southern Sudan, some from Somalia and the last major group from Ethiopia. Other groups include Burundians, Congolese, Eritreaans and Ugandans. Oddly enough, the local people are, on the average, poorer than the refugees.

Living in Kakuma as a refugee is a very difficult experience. Dust storms frequently pass through the area. Malnutrition, communicable disease outbreaks, and malaria are all ongoing problems, while donor support has faltered due to conflicts in other parts of the world.

Many of the refugees hope to leave Kakuma for resettlement in another country such as the USA. For example, the "Sudanese Lost Boys" were a special group of persons resettled from the camp to the U.S. in recent years.

With the recent end of the civil war in Sudan between the SPLA and other southern forces against the government in Khartoum many are hopeful more Sudanese refugees will finally be able to return home.

Tourists should make Kakuma as one of the better place to visit than go to their usual tourist destinations so as to know a bit of what the locals are going through and may be donate something small for them. Even though the people in kakuma go through very rough times they are very nice people.

Its very dusty and hot on the way to Turkana. On arrival, you will meet welcoming people who will show you around Kakuma refugee camp.

The Kakuma Refugee Camp was also the location of a large project from 1995 to 2002 sponsored by Solar Cookers International through which thousands of families began using Solar Panel Cookers to cook their daily meals. Many families had been trading some of their meager food rations for firewood to use to cook what little food they had left. The project was organized such that a group of refugee women were trained to be trainers. These women would then be paid to hold regular classes to teach other women to solar cook and to provide them with a cooker. The cookers were made locally in Nairobi for US$2.00 each.

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