UNICEF – The hopes of Kenya’s children hanging in the balance – 25 Jan 08

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The hopes of Kenya’s children hanging in the balance

Nairobi / Geneva, 25 January 2008 –  The hopes of hundreds of thousands of Kenyan children and their families hang in the balance as the two leaders in the disputed election, President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, finally begin to talk, face to face. The meeting, instigated through the mediation of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and other eminent African leaders, offers the strongest hope for peace since the country was engulfed in brutal inter-ethnic and political conflict.  Children and women have borne the worst of the violence in Kenya and have the most gain from peace.

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UNICEF – children suffer the consequences of the post-election crisis – 16 Jan 08

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Hundreds of thousands of children suffer the consequences of the post-election crisis in Kenya

NAIROBI, 16 January 2008 – UNICEF estimates that at least 100,000 children have been displaced in Kenya since the crisis began with as many as 75,000 children living in over 100 camps for displaced people. In addition many thousands more displaced children and their families are believed to have found temporary accommodation with other family members.UNICEF’s response to the crisis has focused on immediate life saving interventions including water, sanitation, shelter, health and nutrition as well as the protection of children and helping to re-establish children’s access to education.

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UNICEF joins other agencies in providing aid for up to 100,000 – 9 Jan 08

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As violence ebbs, UNICEF joins other agencies in providing aid for up to 100,000 people in Kenya

NAIROBI, 9 January 2008 – As the unrest that rocked Kenya quells, UNICEF and other agencies are rushing to provide aid for up to 100,000 people, the estimated number in urgent need of assistance.The majority are women and children, says UNICEF.  The children’s agency is warning that the violence is the symptom of deep rooted problems, including widespread poverty.

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UNICEF ready with critical supplies for children affected by unrest in Kenya – 4 Jan 08

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UNICEF ready with critical supplies for children affected by unrest in Kenya

NAIROBI, 4 January 2008 – As roads begin opening in Kenya and transport becomes possible, UNICEF is working with the Kenya Red Cross to send essential supplies to children affected by the violence due to political upheaval. Throughout the country, an estimated 500,000 people may need humanitarian assistance.  The majority are women and children, says UNICEF.After four days of violence, the number of reported dead is more than 300 including up to 50 children who perished in a church in the town of Eldoret which was set ablaze by rioters. The violence has affected much of the country including in the highly-populated slums in the capital, Nairobi. The Kenya Red Cross describes the Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza provinces as experiencing a complete breakdown of law and order.

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UNICEF Response and Immediate Needs – 5 Jan 08

5 January 2008
KENYA – CIVIL UNREST
UNICEF RESPONDS TO THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS FOR CHILDREN AND WOMEN AFFECTED BY POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE

Source: UNICEF

1. CRITICAL ISSUES FOR CHILDREN
Presidential and parliamentarian elections took place in Kenya on the 27th of December 2007. The two main candidates for the presidential election were Mwai Kibaki (outgoing President) and Raila Odinga (opposition candidate). On the 30th of December, Mwai Kibaki was officially declared the winner, but the opposition rejected his re-election victory and international observers questioned the credibility of the results.

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UNICEF tent schools provide sanctuary for Kenyan children – 19 Feb 08

UNICEF tent schools provide sanctuary for Kenyan children displaced by violence

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Displaced by violence in Kenya, Yvonne (far right), 8, smiles from inside a UNICEF tent where temporary schooling takes place.

By James Elder

UNICEF

NAKURU, Kenya, 19 February 2008 – When Yvonne’s family fled the violence that ravaged their village, the eight-year-old lost her home, her precious plastic necklace, her school uniform and her classroom.

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UNICEF appeals for $6.6 million – 30 Jan 08

UNICEF appeals for $6.6 million to help those affected by post-election violence

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People displaced after post-election violence sit at a temporary shelter in the Great Rift Valley police post in Narok town.

By Chris Niles

NEW YORK, USA, 30 January 2008 – UNICEF has appealed for $6.6 million to protect women and children as post-election violence increases in Kenya.

“We’ve come through several days of some of the most atrocious violence against children and women that Kenya has ever seen,” said UNICEF Kenya Chief of Communication Sara Cameron.

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