People move around near makeshift homes, or "tukuls", in the outskirts of Dagahaley settlement at Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Camp. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS
People move around near makeshift homes, or "tukuls", in the outskirts of Dagahaley settlement at Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Camp. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

TEDxKakumaCamp, the first TEDx event from a refugee camp

Mon, Jun. 4, 2018
CAIRO- 4 June 2018: Kenya is hosting the world’s first live-streamed TEDx event from Kakuma refugee camp on June 9.

The TEDxKakumaCamp spots light on the reality of refugees’ lives and their resilience and creativity aside from the mainstreamed stories of devastation and suffering among refugees. It also highlights the need to increase the protection of refugees and to support the long term development needs of refugees and their families in the hosting communities.



The event is supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Bank, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the US Department of State and other nonprofit organizations. TEDxKakumaCamp is planned to take place in a tent at a school in Kakuma Camp, with an audience of refugees as well as a number of high-profile guests and will be live-streamed on large screens at Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps, allowing thousands more refugees to watch. Moreover, all talks will be filmed and released online.

Speakers at TEDxKakumaCamp include current and former Kakuma Camp refugees as well as international humanitarian and development experts and artists who want to create a better reality for people forced to flee their homes, giving voice to this cause.


To watch the event live on June 9 visit: http://tedxkakumacamp.org and follow the hashtag #TEDxKakumaCamp

Kakuma Camp is located in Northwestern Kenya. It was established in 1992 to serve Sudanese refugees and currently hosts people fleeing war from across Africa. The camp hosts around 185,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, the DRC, Eritrea, Uganda and Rwanda.

TED is a nonprofit that developed over the past ten years into one of the most important global platforms for spreading knowledge and ideas globally, in the form of high-profile events and filmed talks through its program TEDx. The program models short talks focused on ground breaking ideas across the world.
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