Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group

Refugees at Kakuma Camp chase big basketball dream

What you need to know:

  • On our trip to Turkana last month, we found over 300 basketball players on the only basketball court at Kakuma 1 Camp, all who have dreams of following in the footsteps of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.”
  • UNHCR and the Lutheran World Federation have played big role in supporting them with balls, but due to growing numbers, there is need for more playing kit, shoes and construction of additional playing courts
  • Currently, there are 634 sports teams, categorized in age-groups such as Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and open age with football drawing 90 percent of the youths

The “Lost Boys of Sudan” basketball spirit continues to provide a source of hope for boys and girls faced with harsh conditions associated with the dry weather in Turkana County.


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