LODWAR (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Turkana County has donated land to cater
for expansion of Kakuma refugee camp that has hosted refugees
mainly from South Sudan for two decades.
of land was a culmination of year-long consultations between
Turkana county government and multilateral agencies to find
durable solution to congestion at Kakuma refugee camp in
Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok said during the World
Refugees Day on Saturday that transfer of the new land to Kakuma
Refugee camp had been completed.
"We request the development partners to initiate projects
that will cater for the needs of Turkana residents and
refugees," he said.
According to Nanok, the portion of land donated by the county
government will be used to set up a new refugee camp.
Statistics from the UN refugees agency show that Kakuma’s
population has risen from 100,000 to 180,000 people in a short
The camp was previously meant to host 90,000 refugees.
And environmental degradation fuelled by over-reliance on
wood fuel, poor sanitation and insecurity are some of the
challenges refugees have to contend with on a daily basis.
Nanok suggested the new camp should be meticulously planned
to address the deteriorating environmental hygiene that has
exposed refugees to communicable diseases.
The UNHCR Kenya representative Raouf Mazou noted the new camp
will be unique and will enhance robust interactions among
refugees and host community, adding that it will boost local
economy through commerce, exchange of skills and knowledge.
Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security, Joseph Nkaissery has
renewed an appeal to the international community to support
Kenya’ s efforts to repatriate Somalia refugees.
He said the government will streamline the management of
refugees to weed out criminal elements.