by rumo – 11 SEP 2019
Kakuma refugee camp is located on the outskirts of Kakuma town, which is the headquarters for Turkana West District of Turkana County, in the North-western region of Kenya. The camp was established in 1992 following the arrival of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”. Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement had a population of 188,794 registered refugees and asylum-seekers from 22 nationalities at the 12 May 2019, and 57% of them are from South Sudan.
Nuba wrestlers, SUDAN 1948-1949 by George Rodger
Wrestling, one of our proudly traditions from the ancient time, widely playing in Jieng, Mundari and Nuba of East Africa, were also brought to Kakuma. The brothers from different communities usually gathering and practice wrestling in Kakuma, as same as their brothers lives in the homeland. They formed the Team Kakuma and playing the friendly wrestling games with the Sudanese Nuba wrestlers, and the other South Sudanese wrestling teams like Nairobi Cougar, Nakuru in Kenya. The hard-core of Team Kakuma including: Warnyang Mapak Kulang, Ngor Majak, Gai Ajak, Deng, Mayol Kenyi, Bol Thuch, Bol Mading, Mariel. These great wrestlers and much more young players in Kakuma are doing their best on promoting our traditional sport games, not only playing for fun but also Wrestling for Peace and Unity.
Warnyang Mapak Wrestling compilation from YouTube
Warnyang Mapak Kulang, Top wrestler of Kakuma
The war can ruined our home, can forced us to flee our country, but the war can never eliminate our roots and culture. Wrestling sport is deeply rooted in our hearts and lives, we will keep and pass it from generations to generations.