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Kakuma Refugee Influx: Multi Agency Multi Sector Initial Rapid Assessment

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Kakuma Camp was established in 1992, following the arrival of the 16,000 Sudanese “Lost Boys” and “Lost Girls”, minors who together with 200 caretakers undertook a hazardous five year odyssey after flight from the civil war in South Sudan to Ethiopia and eventually arrived in Kakuma, Kenya. As of 30 November 2013, the camp population stood at 128,009 persons, with 44,989 coming from South Sudan. Kakuma Camp is approximately 12 sq. kilometres, and is divided into Kakuma I, Kakuma II and Kakuma III within this perimeter. Kakuma Town is located in Turkana West Sub County in Turkana. The local population in Kakuma is estimated to be around 100,000 and are increasingly changing their lifestyles from the previously predominantly agro-pastoralists to a more settled community around the areas of the camps.

In 2013, the total figure of new arrivals registered was 16,902, with an average registration rate of 1536 persons /month. By the end of 2013 the camp already hosted 11,000 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).