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Rose Nathike Lokonyen, efugee from South Sudan training in the Ngong track inthe outskirt of Nairobi. ; Until a year ago, Rose Nathike Lokonyen barely knew the talent she had. She had never competed, even as an amateur, after fleeing war in South Sudan when she was 10-years-old. Then, during a school competition in the refugee camp in northern Kenya where she lives, a teacher suggested that she run a 10-kilometre race. “I had not been training. It was the first time for me to run, and I came number two,” she says, smiling. “I was very surprised!”

Rose has since moved to a training camp near the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, where she is preparing to run the 800-metre event at the Olympics. “I will be very happy and I will just work hard and prove myself,” she says. She sees athletics not only as an avenue to earning prize money and endorsements, but also as a way to inspire others. “I will be representing my people there at Rio, and maybe if I succeed I can come back and conduct a race that can promote peace, and bring people together.”

She is still worried about injuries, however. “That is my main challenge,” she says. Until recently, she was not training with professional running shoes, and had no professional guidance. She still seems surprised that, in little over a year, she has risen to this point. “I can do running as sport or, now I see, even as a career.”
16 Aug 2016
(LWI) – Until a year ago, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, 23, barely knew the talent she had. She had never competed. Rose fled the war in South Sudan when she was [...]
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(LWI) – ACT member The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) urging the Kenyan government to reconsider its intention to both close refugee camps in the country [...]
Elegu collection centre, at the border between South Sudan and Uganda. From here Soouth Sudanese refugees are transported to Adjumani refugee camp in Northern Uganda. In the last 3 days the average daily influx was 3,000 and above. Most of the refugees are women and children. Adtrer the fighting in and around Juba in Mmid-July, the Ugandan army has opened a corridor to evacuate their own nationals, which is also used by the refugees.
20 July 2016
Photos: Pius Kikomeko, LWF Uganda
03 Aug 2016
(LWI) – Following violent clashes in South Sudan, thousands of South Sudanese have now arrived in Uganda to seek refuge in the neighboring country. Most are entering through Elegu collection [...]
12 Jan 2016
KAKUMA, Kenya, 12 January 2016(LWI) – The dust has finally settled and top performing Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) class of 2015 candidates have had a week celebrating their [...]

ACT News

23 Jun 2016

PRESS RELEASE   Governments must act now to address economic and social inequalities that divide people and countries, benefiting only a few and forcing the many into cycles of poverty, vulnerability and marginalization, international humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance has said. Commenting as the World Wealth Report from CapGemini was released today, ACT Alliance said […]

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15 Apr 2016

There are 60 million refugees globally. Behind every number is a unique story. In the documentary “If we ever get out of here” we get to follow three individuals and their families in the refugee camp Kakuma, Kenya: Klementine and her five children; Deeqa who cares for her wounded and paralyzed mother; and Jackson who […]

31 Aug 2015

As hundreds of government officials from across the world return to Bonn in one of their last bids to hammer out components of a climate agreement in time for the Paris, ACT Alliance is cautiously optimistic that a meaningful agreement is still within reach. “With barely three months before the Paris summit, we in ACT […]

Climate Change
28 Aug 2015

The We Have Faith – Act Now for Climate Justice Pan Africa Cycling Caravan launches this Saturday 29th August. Cyclists are setting off on a 6500km journey from Maputo to raise the voices of people at the forefront of a changing climate. The caravan will go through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania […]

18 Apr 2015

Noorkipali Nooloboru is one of the traditional birth attendants in Sitoka village. In the past she would advise women, including her daughter-in-law Christine, to have their babies at home. This was the tradition for Maasai women, despite the risks involved, and she didn’t see any reason for it to change — that is, until Christian Aid’s project […]

08 Sep 2014

A series of unexpected attacks in Kenya’s Lamu County left 5,574 people internally displaced. Terror inflicted by militant groups included arbitrary killings, sexual violence, looting of property and livestock, and other gross human rights violations. Many women told the ACT Kenya Forum their stories of the extreme violence, describing how they had to watch their […]

Birhanu Waka helps children move their belongings to a different classroom in a school in the Ajuong Thok Refugee Camp in South Sudan. Situated in northern Unity State, the camp hosts thousands of refugees from the Nuba Mountains, located across the nearby border with Sudan. The Lutheran World Federation, a member of the ACT Alliance, provides a variety of services in the camp, including support for children's education. Waka directs the LWF office in the area.
08 Feb 2014

Gunfire and shelling, in Juba, on 15 December 2013, signalled the beginning of a conflict that quickly spread to other parts of South Sudan, including Bor, Bentiu and Malakal. The violence was sparked by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy, Riek Machar, and continued for months into early 2014, generating […]

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08 Dec 2013

The 2007 general elections in Kenya erupted in ethnic violence. To prevent a repeat in 2013, the ACT Kenya Forum, made up of 13 members, carried out a campaign for peace. The campaign was planned as a partnership between youth and faith communities. Focusing on the areas of violence from 2007, the campaign reached 15,000 […]