Kenya: Census plans on track despite displacement

Date: 19 Mar 2008


Kenya: Census plans on track despite displacement


NAIROBI, 19 March 2008 (IRIN) – The political crisis in Kenya caused major population movements that may require a repeat of cartographic mapping in some areas before the 2009 census, but plans for the official count are on track, a government official told IRIN.

“We are revising our work plan and looking at areas where we might have to repeat cartographic mapping but we expect to hold the census on 25 August 2009 as planned,” said Chris Omolo, the census manager and principal economist at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). Continue reading

Kenya Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #9 (FY 2008)

Date: 19 Mar 2008

Kenya Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #9 (FY 2008)


BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: The last fact sheet was dated March 12, 2008.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

– Population displacement and increased costs of agricultural production related to the post-election crisis threaten to reduce land cultivation by up to 30 percent in the upcoming long rains planting season, which is likely to result in decreased food production and negatively impact food security throughout Kenya, according to a joint-Government of Kenya (GOK), U.N., and relief organization short rains assessment conducted in February 2008.

– Multiple humanitarian agencies report concern over declining food security among populations affected by the post-election crisis, as well as prolonged humanitarian needs among internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities. An estimated 150,000 IDPs are expected to remain in camps at least through the end of 2008, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). In addition, findings from USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) field assessments indicate that families hosting IDPs are draining existing household resources to meet food and additional needs of those displaced since early 2008. Continue reading

OHCHR – Report from OHCHR fact-finding mission to Kenya, 06-28 Feb 2008

Date: 28 Feb 2008

Report from OHCHR fact-finding mission to Kenya, 06-28 Feb 2008


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

From 6 to 28 February 2008, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights deployed a Fact-Finding Mission (OHCHR Mission) to the Republic of Kenya to look into the violence and allegations of grave human rights violations following the presidential elections in December 2007. The OHCHR Mission also analysed underlying civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights issues and formulated recommendations on possible accountability mechanisms. The OHCHR Mission conducted on-site visits to the affected areas and met with a wide range of actors in the Government, among the opposition, and met with victims, human rights defenders as well as the diplomatic community. Continue reading