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Other African ethnicities

Because of political feuding, ethinic disagreements and downright genocidal events around the neighbouring countries, Kenya has had to host populations of Congolese, Ugandan, Rwandese, Burundian, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Zambian and Somali refugees running into the hundred of thousands. One organisation, CARE, serves close to 400,000 people in camps designed for 90,000.

Somali children at Dadaab refugee camp

These refugee populations have largely been restrained around massive refugee camps in Kakuma (70,000 refugees, Northern Kenya) and Dadaab. Many have found their way into urban areas such as Nairobi and Mombasa.

As at 21st January, 2011 the numbers of officially registered refugees in Kenya were:

  • Somalis: 363, 668
  • Ethiopians: 35,235
  • Sudanese: 27,404
  • Congolese: 9,243
  • Rwandese: 1,938
  • Eritreans: 1,680
  • Burundians: 1,574
  • Ugandans: 908
  • Others: 163

Refugees face myriad problems not least food security, health and discrimination.


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