Coping Strategies of Sudanese Refugee Women in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya


Gladden, Jessica. 2013. “Coping Strategies of Sudanese Refugee Women in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.” Refugee Survey Quarterly 32 (4): 66-89.

Author: Jessica Gladden


Thirty Sudanese women currently living in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya were interviewed regarding their coping strategies in May 2011. The three central areas of discussion for the study were informal social support, the role of the women’s beliefs, and formal supports in the camp and how these items contributed to coping strategies. It was found that women were limited in their emotional coping strategies by their many physical needs. Much of the focus of their discussion was around their attempts to meet these physical needs. Formal supports, in particular the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, were the primary form of support available and utilised by the women in the study. Beliefs in God and education were the primary means of emotional support, with little assistance from friends and family.

Keywords: refugee, women, coping strategies, refugee camp

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Refugee/IDP Camps, Education, Gender, Women, Health, Mental Health, Humanitarian Assistance, International Organizations, Religion Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Kenya, Sudan

Year: 2013

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