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UNHCR Kenya Kakuma Operational Update, 27 March - 9 April 2015

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  • As at 9 April 2015, Kakuma had received 45,629 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As at 6 April, 181,978 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.9% of the registered population.

  • On 27 March, a fire occurred in Kakuma 1 destroying 11 houses and affecting 8 households (28 individuals). UNHCR provided a water boozer to assist the police in putting out the fire. The blaze is said to have been caused by an unattended fire left by a resident who was burning trash. Some flames were blown by strong winds into the affected compounds. The HSO visited the site to assess the damage and assured the families of support. The families were provided with various NFIs such as blankets, jerricans, temporary shelters (tents) and kitchen sets.

  • On 30 March, the Head of sub-office Kakuma presided over the handing over of a police post to the Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) in Kakuma 4. The police post which was funded by UNHCR was constructed by the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) which implements shelter and infrastructure projects in the camp. The police post will greatly benefit the residents who already gain from the increased patrols and police presence in the area. The Head of sub-office thanked the OCPD for the continued collaboration and maintenance of general safety in the camp.

  • From 01 to 02 April, UNHCR handed over eight projects funded for the host community in various locations in the sub-county to the communities. The projects which were implemented in 2014 by LOKADO (a local NGO) were at a total cost of 464,390 USD. The projects had been pre-identified by the local leadership in consultation with their communities and included classrooms, toilet blocks, a water kiosk, boreholes, a dormitory and desks. The HSO reiterated UNHCR’s gratitude to the host community for the generous and continued hospitality extended to refugees for over two decades.