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UNHCR Kenya Kakuma Operational Update, 16 - 31 January 2017



The camp population as at 31st January 2017. The figure is inclusive of Kalobeyei population.

Number of South Sudanese new arrivals registered in January 2017.

The population hosted at Kalobeyei Settlement as at 31st January 2017.

20 litres
The per capita water consumption per person per in Kakuma refugee.


Requested for Kakuma operation
Funded 31%
Gap 69%


  • Movement of new arrivals from Nadapal transit centre to Kakuma
  • Monitoring of new arrivals trend
  • Development of Kalobeyei settlement
  • Maintenance of roads and water network
  • Relocation from Dadaab
  • Voluntary repatriation (VOLREP)


  • Trench excavation for the 13 Kilometre (Km) water pipeline from Tarach seasonal river to Kalobeyei settlement has been completed. Laying of pipes and jointing is ongoing and is expected to be complete in March 2017. Once completed, the pipeline will deliver 80m3/hr or 1,200,000Litres of water daily capable of serving 60,000 at 20 litres of water per person per day.

  • The UN Refugee agency, Kakuma operation, continues to truck water to over 19,000 individuals at Kalobeyei settlement. In January 2017, the per capita water consumption at Kalobeyei settlement stood at 15 litres per person per day.

  • UNHCR continues to receive refugees from South Sudan through the Kenya – South Sudan border at Nadapal Transit centre. In January, a total of 1,116 new arrival refugees were received at Nadapal before being transferred to Kakuma reception centre. All new arrivals received yellow fever vaccines.

  • On 25th January 2017, a total 15 girls from Anjelina Jolie Primary participated in a virtual art workshop facilitated by Lisa Milroy in the school’s Instant Network School (INS) hub. During the workshop, the girls were taken through drawing in relation to the surrounding environment. The workshop was successfully supported by Vodafone and UNHCR.

  • 17th – 18th January, UNHCR Kakuma operation hosted a joint UNHCR and Swedish private sector and skills development mission. The mission from the Swedish Embassy led by Ms. Sarah Diesel toured Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement where they met with business people from both the refugee and host community to discuss integration and ways of improving business for both the host and refugee traders.

  • 16th – 18th January 2017, UNHCR Kakuma operation hosted senior government officials from the Ministry of Education and United Nations International Children's Fund (Unicef). The mission led by Mr. Mogaka Ogutu the Director in charge of Policy at the ministry of education toured different schools in Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei Settlement. During the mission, the Ministry of Education, Unicef, UNHCR and education implementing partners engaged in discussions on the possibility of mainstreaming refugee education into the national system.


Operational Context

  • UNHCR conducts border monitoring visits to Nadapal three to four times a week to ensure that asylum seekers have unhindered access to asylum procedures and are treated humanely. Emergency medical cases are transferred to African Inland Church (AIC) Mission or Lopiding Hospital in Lokichoggio or to Kakuma’s referral hospital in Kakuma 4.

  • A total of 684 South Sudanese new arrivals were received and transported to Kakuma from Nadapal Transit Centre during the reporting period. New arrivals have reported insecurity, hunger, armed militia attacks and fear of a major outbreak of conflict in South Sudan as the main reasons for their flight. Cumulatively, 1,116 individuals were received at Nadapal and transported to Kakuma reception centre in the month of January 2017.