26 February 2007

Kakuma Refugee Camp

I am reading What is the What, a "fictional" autobiography of a Sudanese "lost boy" who spent a number of years in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya before being resettled to the U.S. Kakuma was established in the early 1990s and currently houses some 90,000 Sudanese, Somali and Ethiopian, and other refugees. For more information about Kakuma, refugees in Kenya, and refugee camps generally, see the following selection of resources:


Refugees International, Kakuma: A Troubled Refugee Camp in Kenya (2003) [text]
- This article notes that "The residents of Kakuma are 'warehoused.'" For more information about warehousing, see below.

UNSW Centre for Refugee Research, Field Trip: Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya (2002) [text]
- Part of the centre's "Women at Risk" project.

Refugees/humanitarian operations in Kenya:

ReliefWeb, Kenya Country Information [access]

U.S. Committee for Refugees, "Kenya," World Refugee Survey 2006 [text]

Camps/Refugee Warehousing:

FMO Research Guide: Camps versus Settlements (2003) [text]

Forced Migration Review, no. 2 (1998) [text]
- Focus is on "People in Camps."

Refugee Insights, no. 11 (2006) [text]
- Focus is "Encamping Refugees: A Look at the Myths, Realities, and Exploring Solutions." Published by the Refugee Consortium of Kenya.

U.S. Committee for Refugees, Frequently Asked Questions about Refugee Warehousing and the Campaign to End It [text]; Are There any Alternatives? [text]

U.S. Committee for Refugees, Warehousing Refugees: A Denial of Rights, a Waste of Humanity (2004) [text]

Posted in Publications.


Anonymous said...

Excellent, Thanks for the list of links

Anonymous said...


I just finished reading What is the What and wanted to find out more about Kakuma. I suggest you submit your links also to Wikipedia as they seem to think that solar cooking was one of the most important things that happened to Kakuma.