At the end of August, CWB-USA will be visiting the Kakuma Refugee Camp of Turkana County, the north west region of Kenya. In partnership with the UNHCR, four artists from the US, Mexico, and South Africa, will complete an 18 day program sharing workshops and performances with children and their families throughout the camp.
The camp has been active since 1992, and it is home to 179,000 people who have fled violence and war in neighboring countries. This number continues to grow due to insecurity in South Sudan. UNHCR has provided us with this real-time data site, which demonstrates the growing number of refugees in the region. More than half of the new arrivals are children. In 2014, 7,298 children arrived to Kakuma unaccompanied or separated from their parents (learn more). While the majority of refugees are from South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia, people from Ethiopia, D.R. Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea and Uganda also live in Kakuma.