I am headed to the Kakuma Refugee camp in Northwestern Kenya with the United Nations Foundation and Nothing But Nets for the next 48 hours, as part of a malaria net distribution and observation trip. The team is here in Nairobi now. We will be headed to the airport to board a UN chartered plane shortly.
During briefings yesterday at the UNHCR and WFP we learned that there are 620,000 refugees in Kenya and approximately 95,000 in Kakuma. Of the 620,000 refugees, approximately 530,000 are Somalian, with most of the remainder being South Sudanese, Sudanese, and Ethiopian.
I’m particularly interested in learning about why some of these camps have been around for a couple decades now and the underlying systemic causes for their ongoing existence.
It will no doubt be a challenging and very interesting 48 hours. I’ll report back on what I learn in 2-3 days.