KAKUMA, NOWHERE ON EARTH. In the extreme north of Kenya, not far from the South Sudanese border, is a hot, dusty and waterless place called nowhere. Or Kakuma, as it translates in the local Turkana language. Since 1992, Kakuma is the place that the Kenya g
Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Salvatore Bigirimana and wife Regina Banderembako, both 72, escaped from their native Burundi in 1972, and met and married in a refugee camp in Zaire in 1980. They have been living in refugee camps ever since. They had four sons: all of them, at some point, decided to travel back to Burundi to join their Hutu tribe in the civil war against Tutsis: all four were killed. ‘We feel we are still Burundians” says Salvatore, whose Italian name was given to him by an Italian Catholic missionary, “but I know we will never see our homeland again’.
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