REF FM Kakuma & Kalobeyei

REF FM KK is a community-based radio station in refugee settlement Kalobeyei, next to refugee camp Kakuma in the North-western part of Kenya. The station is run by and for refugees and host communities. We aim to give all refugees a voice and a sense of community (in a camp-society of over 20 different nationalities) and to inspire them to take their fate in their own hands. REF FM KK has around 10 crew members, learning on the job how to run a radio station. REF FM KK is faciliated by the  Communication Authority of Kenya, initiated and supported by REF FM Foundation, supervised by Action Africa Help International (AAHI) and embraced by UNHCR. And kept alive by donors, and sponsors.

Left to Right: Front row Tamaji, Viola, Felix, Harriet and Samuel. Back Row from Left to Right: Baluu, Lomude and Moses.

Your Story, Our Voice

Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement in North-western Kenya is meant for refugees and host communities (the Turkana, one of the most marginalized people in Kenya) to give them better livelihood opportunities. Kalobeyei has around 40.000 residents (mostly from South Sudan) and was established in 2015, to relieve the much older Refugee Camp Kakuma next door and to pilot a new approach: no longer treating refugees as beggars who held up their hands for accommodation, food, drinks and schooling, but as economic active participants in society who use these same hands to make a living. Link to more info about the Kakuma Refugee camp.

Kakuma Refugee Camp in North-western Kenya was established in 1992 following the arrival of ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’, displaced or orphaned during the Second Sudanese War (1987–2005) in which about 2 million were killed and others were severely affected. Kakuma ("nowhere" in Swahili language) refugee camp currently has over 150,000 residents in an area designed for just 70,000. Mostly from South Sudan and Somalia. Living inside the camp is equally prison and exile. The average daytime temperature is 40 degrees. The camp is a “small city” of thatched roof huts, tents, and mud abodes.