Kenya and Uganda: From Displacement to Re-Settlement

For about 18 months, more than a half of million people from the Ugandan area have been displaced after post-election violence forced them from their homes.

Some estimates said that more than 650,000 Kenyans and Ugandans were displaced after a chaotic dispute following the 2007 presidential elections.

The Kenyan government is in the midst of trying to patch what they see as an eyesore. The government announced they would be giving a few thousand IDPs money to rebuild their now-destroyed homes. It was also reported that the Chinese government donated about $26 million in roofing materials to help in rebuilding.

While it may appear the once-dreary situation has cleared, that may not be the case. Many IDPs do not want to resettle and have refused the government handout. Others fear retribution upon moving back to their old homes.

Jordan Wilson will detail these struggles, report on any remaining IDPs and follow around families as they try to re-integrate into society after spending a year and a half in makeshift camps.

Government Responsibility

Jordan Wilson, Pulitzer Student Fellow

Michael Bore is a government district officer for the city of Nakuru in Kenya. Given its central location, Nakuru was faced with the difficult task of looking after internally displaced persons from multiple tribes, whereas other cities only housed one tribe.

Here, Bore talks about the responsibility of the government to try and restore peace to a war-torn nation.

Kenyan IDPs Still Waiting for Promised Land, Money

Jordan Wilson, Pulitzer Student Fellow

I didn't expect too much cooperation from the government heading into this project. The main reason is because there's been a lot of scrutiny toward the government when it comes to the IDP situation. Most people in the camps, as well as some NGOs and non-profits, blame the government for not protecting the people in the IDP camps and also point out the government hasn't followed through on its promise to help IDPs in relocation.