Kakuma Camp lies in the heart of Turkana County, in northwestern Kenya. It was established in 1992 to serve Sudanese refugees and has expanded ever since to take in people
Kakuma Camp lies in the heart of Turkana County, in northwestern Kenya. It was established in 1992 to serve Sudanese refugees and has expanded ever since to take in people fleeing war from across Africa.
Currently, the small city of thatched roof huts and mud-brick shelters hosts around 185,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, the DRC, Eritrea, Uganda and Rwanda. Nearby, an innovative model settlement – Kalobeyei – is being built, where refugees share services, engage in farming and incubate businesses together with the host community.
TEDxKakumaCamp offers a different lens into the reality of life as a refugee, away from the images of devastation and suffering, and towards stories of resilience, of contribution, of creativity.
Stories that uplift and inspire not just the communities that host them but the entire world. The theme, Thrive, supports our belief that empowered refugees can shape a peaceful and tolerant future of our world.
Speakers will include current and former Kakuma Camp refugees as well as international experts and artists who wish to make the world a better place for people forced to flee their homes.
TEDxKakumaCamp will be the first TEDx event hosted in a refugee camp, with refugees, and also for refugees. It is curated by Melissa Fleming and Dana Hughes with support from UNHCR and volunteer teams.
The event will take place under a tent at a school in Kakuma Camp, with an audience of refugees as well as a number of high-profile guests from Nairobi and beyond.
It will also be livestreamed on large screens at Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps, allowing thousands more refugees to watch along. TEDx viewing parties around the world will bring the event to a global audience. All talks will be filmed and released online.
TEDxKakumaCamp has been made possible thanks to the help of many individuals.
TEDxKakumaCamp will take place on Saturday 9 June 2018, and will be livestreamed.
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 11:50 pm EAT
Kakuma Refugee Camp