Commemorations of the World Refugee Day 2015 in Kakuma
UNHCR, 26 Jun 2015
On 20 June, Kakuma was the epicenter of World Refugee Day celebrations for the UNHCR operation in Kenya. The event, whose theme for this year was ‘Get to Know Refugees – People Like You and Me,’ was attended by thousands of refugees including the host community, National and County government officials, UNHCR staff and staff from other UN and humanitarian agencies and members of the diplomatic corps. The event was marked by colorful performances by refugees and host community members. There were elaborate exhibits of cultural cuisine, dress, songs and dances from over 15 nationalities that make up the camp’s population. The highlight of the event was the announcement by UNHCR Kenya Representative, Raouf Mazou of Ger Duany as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. The former South Sudanese refugee and now accomplished actor based in the United States, has been one of UNHCR’s high profile supporters. In his acceptance speech, Duany expressed gratitude to UNHCR for the role and also thanked his mother for her role in his life. He was further honored by the Mr. and Miss. Kakuma World Refugee Day 2015 pageant finalists with traditional Turkana regalia fit for an elder.