Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp

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 190,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from 19 countries, it is their only home. Established in 1992 in northwestern Kenya, the Kakuma Refugee Camp serves refugees fleeing from war, famine and persecution across Africa, including South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Uganda and Rwanda — over 80% of them women and children. 

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 recently hosted the first-ever TEDx event at a refugee camp. 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. 

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