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UNHCR Kenya Kakuma Operational Update, 17 - 23 April 2015

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  • As at 23 April 2015, Kakuma had received 45,697 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As at 20 April, 182,384 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.9% of the registered population.

  • The UNFPA Country Representative and his Deputy and IRC’s Country Director were on a one-day mission to Kakuma on 17 April 2015. The main purpose of the mission was to assess and review ongoing CERF funded activities implemented through IRC and co-funded by UNHCR. The mission was briefed by the Head of sub-Office before visiting the camp where they were able to record gains especially in the SGBV programming with an improved women center (safe space) and construction of a one stop GBV recovery center.

  • “Artistes for Refugees” - a livelihoods project funded by UNHCR was officially launched on 20 April with the arrival of Henry Ohanga (commonly known as Octoppizzo), a leading rap musician in the country and Victor Ndula, a respected illustration artist/journalist. The two artistes arrived in Kakuma to kick start the year-long project which aims to promote and nurture talents among refugee youths through the Arts. They have started conducting workshops for refugee artistes with potential in music, cultural arts, journalism, photography and fine art. The main outcome of the project will be to enhance livelihood opportunities for refugee artists who will be expected to continue training other refugees in the camp in order to build their capacity. Ultimately, this will improve their access to alternative livelihood opportunities

  • UNHCR Livelihoods Officer from Nairobi visited Kakuma on a three-day mission from 22 April; the objective of the mission is to develop the livelihood strategy, reactivate the working group and review the viability of current livelihood interventions. The Officer has met the new implementing partner, Action Africa Help International (AAHI) and visited some of the project sites and refugees with success stories. A review of the first quarter’s activities will also be done including plans for a refugee investment forum which will be held in Nairobi during World Refugee Day.