BNFA FC wins against Naath Boys FC in friendly match in Kakuma

BNFA players posing for a picture before kick-off |Photo: ©Thessherald

Sept 19, 2020 (Thessherald)–Naath Boys FC was thrashed 2-1 by BNFA Football Club in a friendly match played on September 18, 2020 in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Both BNFA FC and Naath Boys FC are the top football teams in Kakuma that have been participating in the Kakuma Premier League since its inception in 2016.

The Kakuma Premier League (KPL), made up of top soccer players, was formed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its implementing agencies as part of their efforts to empower and promote skills development of refugees and the host community in showcasing their soccer talents.

Speaking to the media on Friday, the BNFA FC Manager, Puot Bol, said the team was established in May 2015 for the purpose of competing with other top football teams in the camp, and later joined the Kakuma Premier League (KPL) in 2017 during the 2nd Season and successfully emerged in the top 10 position.

In recent years, the team ranked fifth during the third season 2018-2019.

However, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the current season of 2019-2020 has been put to a halt in compliance with Covid-19 measures- but is expected to resume in mid-October this year.

Puot admits that the team is currently facing financial challenges and unable to meet its needs. He appeals to well-wishers and good-hearted Samaritans for financial support . He can be reached here

Kakuma remains one of the largest camps in the world, with the majority of its refugees are South Sudanese who fled deadly violence in 2013 following the outbreak of conflict in Juba.

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April 26, 2020 (Thessherald)–A 22-year-old South Sudanese refugee living in Kakuma Refugee Camp has died after being beaten by the Kenyan police, according to an anonymous source who prefers not to be named.

“It’s tragic, he was severely beaten on Saturday and died this evening – this is the situation we have been facing in the camp, they come and kill you with impunity and no one takes measures against them,” said one of the youth leaders interviewed by The South Sudan Herald.

“The name of the deceased has been withheld due to the sensitive nature of the issue” he added.

The Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, is one of the largest camps in the world, hosting refugees, asylum-seekers and persons of concern and stateless persons who have fled their countries due to conflicts, prosecutions and political-related issues.

According to the UN Refugee Agency , the camp currently hosts more than 194,000 people, and most of them come from South Sudan.

On Saturday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed its solidarity and reiterated its commitment to standing with refugee communities in these difficult situations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, notes the increasing challenges faced by refugees, asylum-seekers and other vulnerable populations, and calls for continued solidarity,” said UNHCR in its statement.

“UNHCR appreciates the inclusion of refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons in the Government of Kenya’s preparedness and response plans. The impact of the slow-down of global and national economies due to the pandemic has affected access to jobs and livelihoods and the ability of the most vulnerable populations, particularly refugees and asylum-seekers, who are already challenged in meeting their basic needs.”