Four pieces of firewood in the camp costs an average Ksh100 ($1). For a family of four children that is the average amount they require to prepare one meal. Susan Naimana, 37, is a mother of four who has been struggling to prepare meals for her children due to the prohibitive cost of firewood, in Kakuma Refugee Camp, in Turkana County, Kenya that has a population of over 190, 000 refugees.
Samson Bigirimana, 26, was no different from other child refugees who entered Uganda amidst uncertainty, close to 20 years ago. But he has made a mark through farming. As this year’s World Refugee Day was marked with the theme “Get to Know Refugees.
He is about six-feet tall and carries a friendly smile, as he drives cautiously along streets in Hargeisa city, Somaliland. He talks fleetingly and slowly, but maintains his amicability. He has proven that refugees can led normal lives and fend for themselves.
At a tender age, Stani shows the way in farming
Irafasha Gadi steadily holds the hosepipe as he waters vegetables, bracing the scorching sun at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, in Kenya. Irafasha, aka Stani,18, is a Burundian refugee farmer and member of the Shamba la Eden (Garden of Eden) farmers’ group.
Plumbing skills enable refugees to support their families
When refugees flee their home countries to others, due to conflict, a lot of uncertainties await them in unknown land. In addition, there are limited opportunities available for them in the countries they are hosted.