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Many are escaping tribal conflict, lawlessness, government collapse, religious and ethnic persecution along with extreme poverty and drought.
Three years of drought greatly affected nearly 80 percent of Kenya, leading to a declaration of national disaster in July 2004 and a deepening humanitarian crisis in 2006. Kenya was also affected by heavy rains in October 2006 with flooding in November in the northeast and coastal areas of the country.
Kenya’s border has been officially closed since the latest round of Somalia’s conflict began in early 2007. According to aid agencies, this has not slowed the pace of new arrivals, but it has meant that new refugees are not registered properly, and do not receive medical screenings.
An estimated 700,000 people are badly affected, 100,000 of whom are Somali refugees.
Today there are two main refugee camps that have become home to these people- Kakuma in north-western Kenya and Dadaab in the east.
Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in Turkana District of the northwestern region of Kenya, 120 kilometers from Lodwar District Headquarters and 95 kilometers from the Lokichoggio Kenya-Sudan border. Kakuma Refugee Camp serves refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries due to war or persecution. It was established in 1992 to serve Sudanese refugees, and has since expanded to serve refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Uganda, and Rwanda. In 2007, Kakuma Refugee Camp hosted 21% of the total refugee population in Kenya (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Fact Sheet, September 2008).
Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp also located in Kenya. Situated on the border with Somalia, the camp is actually a complex of three camps that were originally designed and built to house 90,000 refugees but now almost 300,000 people are living there. As many as 10,000 people arrive every month.
Kenya also hosts refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. The high refugee numbers are putting a strain on the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps’ infrastructure, necessitating expansion, according to UNHCR.
Recent floods in the northeastern region of Kenya have also destroyed refugee shelters, latrines and infrastructure.
The acute malnutrition rate among refugees in Dadaab is 26.3 percent and 19.6 in Kakuma. Anaemia prevalence among children younger than five is high at 83 percent.
JAMES 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the fatherless and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world
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Together we can make the difference….
Please consider partnering with Michael and Judith through their work with MAF in Kenya to enable the Kenya operations of the many agencies listed at end of page below:
WORLD REFUGEE SURVEY 2008
- Kenya has hosted nearly 319,400 refugees and asylum seekers. About 196,200 were Somalis who began fleeing the civil war and state failure that followed the fall of the Siad Barre regime in 1991. Another upsurge followed Ethiopia’s overthrow of the Islamic Courts Union in December 2006. Even after Kenya’s closure of the border in January, some 2,000 managed to enter clandestinely. There were more than 25,600 Somali applicants out of the total of nearly 34,200 new applications for asylum, which also included 5,400 Ethiopians and 2,200 Sudanese.
- Kenya also hosted about 100,000 stateless Nubians, descendants of Sudanese whom the British conscripted in the early 1900s, and a number of stateless children of mixed Eritrean-Ethiopian marriages
- MAF In Kenya
Kenya operation is unique as it has a regional function, serving the neighbouring countries of Sudan, Somalia and the DRC as well as flying within country.
Since 1980, our aircraft in Kenya have served the surrounding countries as permissions have allowed. Much of the flying has been directly affected by the collapse of infrastructure within the country and by political events in neighbouring countries.
Types of flying done by MAF in Kenya:
Medical emergency flying Relief Work/Community Development MissionChurches/Bible translations/Envangelism Medical/eye team Clinics
MAF Kenya Operations
The Kenyan operation also includes the area of Aviation Services for MAF and a large Information Services department, serving MAF and many other missions.
Our offices and hangar are based at Wilson airport, Nairobi with a team also based in the Kenyan border town of Lokichoggio, for flights into southern Sudan. There are 41 international staff and 53 national staff.
There are 7 aircraft in the fleet including: 4 Cessna Grand Caravans, Cessna 206, Cessna 210, Pilatus PC12
International flying makes up over 75% of Kenya’s flying, via Lokichoggio, much of this is into southern Sudan.
History of MAF in Kenya
MAF began flying in Kenya in 1959, initially supporting the work of Africa Inland Mission (AIM). Aircraft were flown across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda without the need for border permissions. The East African Community collapse in the mid-1970’s resulted in border controls being established.
In the 1970’s, AIM Air was established as a separate flying organisation. Soon there was duplication of flying services from Nairobi. Following an extensive survey of MAF’s work in East Africa, the Kenya operation was closed in 1977 and operations were transferred to Tanzania. The church had requested a permanent base in Dodoma and it was felt that AIM Air could adequately service the needs in Kenya.
With growing MAF operations in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Sudan and Tanzania, there was an increasing need for logistical support and flights between bases and the Kenya operation re-opened. Larger aircraft were brought in to support the flying from this base.
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things!
How can you help? Consider partnering with us through our work with MAF in Kenya enabling the Kenya operations of these agencies listed below:
Organizations Served by MAF in Kenya
- ACROSS <Promoting intercultural and interfaith activities in Uganda>
- Action Contre la Faim (ACF)
- Adventist development and relief agency (ADRA) <doing sanitation and water work amoung other projects>
- African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) <east african based leadership and training>
- African Christian Mission International (ACMI) <water drilling and other activities-local org Kenya>
- Africa Inland Church (AIC)
- African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) <medical mission based in Kenya for education and training>
- Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) & Marsabit
- Anywaa Community Association in Kenya (ACAK)
- Arid land information network – East Africa
- Arid lands resource management <govt’ of Kenya>
- Assemblies of God
- Ayod Christian Mission for Agriculture (ACMFA)
- Balaah Primary School
- Baptist Mission New Sudan (BMNS)
- Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL) <Local Kenyan Ministry>
- Bread of Life Africa (BOLA) <Working in Sudan>
- Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
- Catholic diocese of Lodwar
- Catholic diocese of Marsabit
- Catholic Mission
- Catholic organisation for relief and development (CORD AID)
- Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
- Child Care International <Scotland>
- Chrisco <Chirstmas Hampers>
- CITAM (Christ is the Answer Ministries)
- Christian Blind Mission (CBM)
- Christian Children’s Fund (CCF)
- Christian Mission Aid (CMA) <non denominational church planting group>
- Christian Missionary Fellowship
- Church Ecumenical Association Sudan (CEAS)
- All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC)
- Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK)
- Christian Aid (CA) – also serving Uganda & Southern Sudan
- Church World Service (CWS)
- DanChurchAid (DCA) – for Sudan operations
- Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
- Methodist Church in Kenya (MCK)
- National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK)
- Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
- Church Mission Society (CMS) <Anglican Group>
- Camboni Missionaries/fathers/sisters
- Comitato Collaberazione Medical (CCM)
- Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF) <Kenya Govt and EU>
- Community Initiative Facilitation Association (CIFA) <Kenyan NGO>
- Compassion International <child sponsorship>
- De la Salle brothers
- Deliverance Church <local Kenyan Church>
- Diakone Emergency Aid <German Humanitarian Group>
- Diguna <Geman Children’s work>
- Diocese of Bor (sudan)
- Diocese of Rejaf
- Diocese of Rumbek (sudan)
- Diocese of Lui/ Mundri
- Diocese of Torit
- Don Bosco
- Dorcas Aid International <Childrens org. Originally from Netherlands>
- Ecumenical Center for justice and peace
- Evangelical Free Church
- Farm Africa
- Field Operational International
- Finnish International Development Agency (FIDA)
- Food for the Hungry International
- GLRA (German leprosy Relief Association)
- Gethsemane Gordon Christian Centre <Kenyan Church Initiative>
- Glory Ministries in Kenya
- Glory Outreach Assembly
- Good News Crusade
- Gospel Fire International
- Government of Kenya
- GTZ (German Techical Assistance/German Development Organisation)
- Hands Around the World
- Hope for Kids International
- ILRI (International Livestock Research Insitute)
- Intensive Care Air Ambulance (ICAA)
- International Aid Services <Water Development>
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- International Pentecostal Holiness Church
- International Rescue Committee (IRC)
- KCB (Kenya Commercial Back)
- Kenya Police
- Lutheran Church
- Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
- Marsabit Childrens Home
- Marsabit Pastors Fellowship
- Medical Missionaries of Mary
- Merlin <Health Care USA program>
- Mill Hill Missionaries
- Missionaries of Charity
- Missionary Community of St Paul
- NSCC (New Sudan Council of Churches)
- Nille Memorial Foundation
- Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
- Open Arms International
- Open Doors <Persecution Org>
- Orphan Concern International
- PACT <NGO supporting govt and community initiatives>
- Pastoral Center
- PHARP (Peace-building Healing and Reconciliation Programme)
- Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
- Pentecostal Churches of Norway
- PISP Program on International Security Policy (PISP) Fellowship
- Redeemed Christian of God
- Redeemed Gospel Church
- REAP (Relational Evangelism Action Program) Children and training program
- Rotary doctors
- Safe Harbor
- Salvation Army
- Samaritan’s Purse
- Save the Children
- Servants Heart
- Sheepfold Ministries
- Sisters of Charity
- SMA Fathers
- SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation)
- SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad)
- St Michael’s & All Angels Church
- Summer Institute of Linguistics(SIL)
- Wycliffe Bible Translators
- Team Work Ministries
- TBL (The Bible League)
- Torch Bearers
- Trinity Baptist Church
- Under the Trees Schools
- US AID (US Agency for International Development)
- Verona Fathers
- VSF (Veterinaires sans Frontiers)
- VOM (Voice of the Martyrs)
- Wamba hospital
- World Concern
- World Food Programme
- World Gospel Mission
- World Relief
- World Vision