For World Refugee Day 2014, the UNHCR has launched a campaign highlighting the strength and resilience of more than 45 million people around the world forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution. Yet the vast majority of media coverage given over to conflicts, rarely focuses on the human cost of war.
It is against this backdrop that the UNHCR ‘1 family’ campaign aims to remind the world that the victims of war are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, and even 1 family torn apart by war is too many.
And as part of this campaign, 3 time Olympian, WCM Jane Wambugu and member of the Tromso-bound Olympiad team, led the UNHCR in organizing a tournament at Kakuma Refugee Camp - the first one ever in Turkana County - which attracted 57 participants from the Kakuma refugee community.
Supported by Chess Kenya (CK), the tournament was played over 7 rounds on the 14th-15th, but not before a chess training seminar conducted by the chief arbiter Tony Mutua, on the 13th. Maliith Atem Deng and Deng Ajak Ader tied for top spot with 6 points, with Jok Loch Jok finishing third with 5.5 points.
A second seminar was held on the 16th followed by the introduction of chess at a girl’s secondary school in the camp. The players were grateful to the UNHCR and CK for the opportunity to participant in the tournament and exuded confidence that the game would flourish if such initiatives are fully implemented and supported.
The winners will be awarded on the 20th of June, during celebrations to commemorate the World Refugee Day.
Puzzle: How did white (GM S.Mamedrarov) finish off black (GM B.Gelfand) in this game played during the World Rapid Final, 2012?