Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp

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Refugee children fleeing conflict need safe spaces to play and learn and grow. We must support each and every child. 

Kakuma means "nowhere" in Swahili, but for more than 185,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who live there, it is their only home. Established in 1992 in northwestern Kenya, the Kakuma Refugee Camp serves refugees fleeing war, famine and persecution across Africa, including from South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Uganda and Rwanda. 

UNICEF works with partners in Kakuma Camp to provide early childhood education, counseling, immunization, nutrition and schools for children whose lives have been disrupted by conflict. 

Kakuma hosted the first-ever TEDx event at a refugee camp in 2018. Current and former Kakuma Camp refugees shared their stories, along with international experts and artists determined to make the world a better place for people forced to flee their homes. 

Help support UNICEF's programs today. Because every child deserves a healthy childhood.

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