Areas of Operation
Refugee Camps

We provide assistance to refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma camps in Kenya, and in Ali Addeh and Hol Hol camps in Djibouti.


With close to 400,000 inhabitants, the Dadaab refugee camp is the biggest in the world. The first refugee camp was established near Dadaab in 1991, accomodating refugees from the Horn of Africa region. Today, 95 percent of the refugees fled the conflict in Somalia, 4 percent come from Ethiopia and the remaining from other African countries. LWF assists in Education, Peace and Protection, Sustainable Livelihoods, Shelter and Support to people with disabilities.


Located in Turkana County, in the north-western region of Kenya, the Kakuma refugee camp is hosting people displaced by violence in their countries since 1992. Today it accomodates 175,000 people. Half of them fled the conflict in South Sudan, another 32 percent come from Somalia, the others are from Sudan and Ethiopia. The area is prone to dust storms and flooding, making the provision of safe drinking water a major challenge.

Ali Addeh and Hol Hol

Bordering Eritrea in the North, Ethiopia in the West and South, and Somalia in the Southeast, Djibouti has provided shelter for refugees of armed conflict in the past 20 years. The refugee camp of Ali Addeh is located in the South of the country. The small town is host to a refugee camp for 18,000 people, most of them coming from Somalia. In 2011, a second camp was opened near the neighboring village of Hol Hol. That camp accomodates about 2,000 people. LWF assistance focuses mostly on education and livelihood programs.

Camp Statistics

More than half of the population in the refugee camps are under age.
The refugee camp of Dadaab covers more than ten times the space of its host community.
Kakuma is located in an arid region. LWF supplies 60,000 cubic metres of water per month.
swept away by the seasonal flooding of the Tarach river which cuts through Kakuma camp.