The first refugees to settle there were fleeing the Sudanese civil war that raged between 1983 and 2005.
The camp has since grown to host refugees from all over the continent. This includes Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, and also Uganda, Rwanda, and more. Today, most of the refugees living in Kakuma are either from South Sudan or Somalia.
Civil war drove an estimated 20,000 young boys from south Sudan
Most just six or seven years old, they fled to Ethiopia to escape death
Wandering in and out of war zones, these "Lost Boys" spent the next four years in dire conditions. Thousands of boys lost their lives to hunger, dehydration, and exhaustion. Some were attacked and killed by wild animals; others drowned crossing rivers and many were caught in the crossfire of fighting forces.
They walked more than a thousand miles, half of them dying before reaching Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya
They were known as the Lost Boys of Sudan.
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