Kenya and UN work to change a refugee camp into a settlement

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Kenya and UN work to change a refugee camp into a settlement

<p>Refugees who have fled the fighting in South Sudan are being given a chance to become self sufficient. </p> <p>More than 200,000 – from Ethiopia and Somalia as well – are now living in Kenya where the government and the United Nations have moved some to a camp where they can grow their own food in vegetable plots, to trade or to support their families.</p> <p>They will come from the nearby overcrowded Kakuma refugee camp.</p> <p>Refugee Katerina Baka said: “We don’t want to sit idle like people in the other camp at Kakuma. I may be old but I’m still strong and can work for myself. We can fend for ourselves and support our families.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kalobeyei?src=hash">#Kalobeyei</a> <a href="https://t.co/EnbTS3dve2">https://t.co/EnbTS3dve2</a></p>— Natalia Herberg (@NataliaHerberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/NataliaHerberg/status/742624347412664321">June 14, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>At the new camp – Kalobeyei – the idea is to allow refugees to create as much food as possible instead of relying on external sources.</p> <p>William Erot, a senior community officer at Kalobeyei camp, explained: “It’s an initiative that we can pilot, so that we can be able to have plenty of food that the refugees themselves can be able to produce and support their livelihood.” </p> <p>The long term hope is that Kalobeyei – which covers more than 15 square kilometres – can morph from being a camp to a settlement, improving life for the refugees and locals.</p>