Nearly 600,000 refugees

As a result of neighboring conflicts and regional drought, Kenya hosts close to 570,000 refugees and Djibouti hosts some 22,000.

In addition, climate conflict is creating significant challenges for development, with more frequent periods of severe drought, and increasingly heavy rains and flooding in between.

Local populations and refugees compete for natural resources such as water and firewood. Mounting insecurity for humanitarian workers makes it more difficult and costly to access communities in need.

What we’re doing in Kenya/Djibouti

In response to decades-long displacement, the LWF works with refugee and host communities to support their needs and to protect their human rights. In partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, we work in:

  • Kakuma refugee camp, northwest Kenya, providing primary education, early childhood development, child protection and sustainable livelihoods programs. Just over 181,000 refugees live in Kakuma.
  • Ali Addeh and Hol Hol refugee camps, Djibouti, providing education and protection. Most of Djibouti’s 15,000 refugees live in the two camps but also in urban areas.
  • Dadaab refugee camps, northeast Kenya, providing primary education, early childhood development, and support to people with disabilities and elderly people. Dadaab is the world’s largest cluster of refugee camps, with a population of over 351,000, most of whom are children, women, elderly and people with disabilities who have fled conflict in Somalia.

Emergency Response

  • South Sudan Crisis

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Latest Update

24 October 2014

26 May 2015