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Kakuma Refugee Camp will host the first-ever TEDx event at a refugee camp. 250 high-profile guests from around the world will descend on Kakuma to attend the event in person. An additional 5500 refugees in Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps will be able to watch the event live through large screenings hosted by FilmAid and other agencies.

Expected to take the stage will be Aminah Rwimo, 24, is a 2015 FilmAid Media Training alumnus, and a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Akuot Mercy Mareng is a talented musician, outspoken advocate and refugee from South Sudan.

South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha.

South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha.

Turkana Governor, Josphat Nanok, Somali-American model Halima Aden who was born in Kakuma, Pur Biel a South Sudanese athlete and member of the 2016 Refugee Olympic Team, and Nomzamo Mbatha a South African actress.

In addition to the speakers, several renowned musicians will be gracing the stage alongside refugees, academics and other including Gospel artist Mercy Masika, hip-hop innovator Octopizzo, and Sudanese slam poet Emi Mahmoud.

Pur Biel a South Sudanese athlete.

Pur Biel a South Sudanese athlete.

TEDxKakumaCamp gives refugees like Aminah Rwimo Hortence, a 24 year old filmmaker from Congo, a platform to speak her truth and tell her story. I have known Aminah since she first joined FilmAid’s film training course in 2015. She has inspired me, and I know her talent and tenacity will inspire the world when she speaks at TEDxKakumaCamp”. Stella Suge, FilmAid Kenya Country Director.


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