KNDR – Panel of Eminent African Personalities – Press Statement

PRESS STATEMENT

Panel of Eminent African Personalities

Nairobi, 29 April 2008

A useful and constructive session of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation took place today. It was chaired by Hon. Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi in the absence of Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji, who is in Addis Ababa on an African Union related mission.

The session dealt with Agenda Item Four on long-term issues and solutions; the Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence; the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission; the National Ethnic and Race Relations Commission; the draft Coalition Agreement; and the Constitutional Review Bill.

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KENYA: Camp conditions harsh for HIV-positive displaced people

KENYA: Camp conditions harsh for HIV-positive displaced people


Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
IDPs have insufficient food, soap and warm clothing in the camps

NAKURU, 29 April 2008 (PlusNews) – Harsh living conditions and the onset of the cold rainy season in Kenya are making it increasingly difficult for HIV-positive people displaced in the recent post-election violence to stay healthy, according to health workers in the camps.

“The main difficulty is getting a good balanced diet,” said Ancilla Kemunto, a government community healthcare worker at the largest camp for internally displaced people [IDPs] in the Rift Valley town of Nakuru. “Although, like other IDPs, they [HIV-positive people] get the WFP [United Nations World Food Programme] rations, they are not nutritious or large enough to keep them healthy.”

The situation is all the more worrying, given Kenya’s looming food crisis after a poor rainy season between October and December, and the impact of the post-election crisis on agriculture, in which tens of thousands of farmers, casual labourers and food traders were displaced.

The post-election violence started in early January 2008 after presidential elections were held on 27 December 2007, and continued until an agreement was signed on 28 February, usually the peak of the agricultural season.
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Delivering services in post-election Kenya

Delivering services in post-election Kenya


A new and innovative volunteer scheme that brings together national leaders in various professions such as sports, music, media and education as well as faith organisations, is changing lives in post-election Kenya.

Jeremiah Kemboi, a 32 year old marathon runner, is one of such volunteer leaders participating in the Emergency Volunteer Scheme (EVS), a UNDP/UN Volunteers (UNV) peace-building programme designed to promote post-election community dialogue in collaboration with the government.

At the end of a training, which involved 120 neighbourhood volunteers from 24 to 26 April, Jeremiah said: ‘I believe that dialoguing with fellow athletes at the ChirChir Training camp near Timboroa, will contribute to promoting peace and reconciliation. I look forward to using my skills as a team leader to urge athletes to broker peace among the villages and the Internally Displaced Persons from Nyakinyua farm close to my village Usamala.’

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KENYA: ARV programmes slowly recovering from post-election crisis

KENYA: ARV programmes slowly recovering from post-election crisis


Photo: Manoocher DEGHATI/IRIN
AMPATH has opened a satellite centre in the Nakuru Showground IDP camp where patients can receive ARVs

ELDORET, 28 April 2008 (PlusNews) – Thousands of Kenyans who dropped out of HIV treatment programmes in January as a result of the country’s post-election violence are gradually returning to clinics and the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that help prolong their lives.

“Initially more than 90 percent of our patients failed to come for their monthly appointments during which they collect their drugs, but now they are returning slowly,” said Cleophas Chesoli, social work manager for the Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV (AMPATH), a research institution linked to Moi University in western Kenya’s Rift Valley town of Eldoret.

At the height of the crisis, AMPATH placed national announcements in the newspapers and on the radio advising clients on the nearest available health facility where they could get ARVs. AMPATH has 67,000 clients, with an estimated 30,000 on treatment; although it is still unclear how many patients missed their doses, Chesoli is hopeful that the chances of patients developing resistance are low.

“We generally give patients as much as six weeks’ worth of medication because many of our patents may not make their monthly consultations due to lack of transport or bus fare, or distance for the nearest centre,” he said.
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Amani Sasa Update – 25 April 2008

AMANI SASA DAILY UPDATE: 25th April 2008[1]

THE HUMAN COST: Over 1000 dead and over 350, 000 displaced

Updates and Upcoming Activities[2]

  • Slum TV in conjunction with Makutano junction invites you to their SCREENING FOR PEACE on Friday 25th April, 7pm at ‘Kwa Austin’ open space, Juja Road, Mathare. This is their first public screening since the post-election violence. During the tribal clashes and their aftermath Slum TV has documented the stories on the streets of Mathare. The screening will show the other side, telling stories of hope. Films include: Mr Onyango’s Neighbours, Tell Tale for Peace, Nancy’s Story and Dear Mama. The prize-winning film from the Mtaa film fest will then follow. The screening will end with a forthcoming episode of Makutano Junction. Slum TV trains young people in audiovisual skills enabling them to tell their story in their own words. For further information contact Emily Hughes on +254 711256177 or info@slum-tv.org
  • The youth of Mathare, Kariobangi, Korogocho, Dandora and Baba-dogo under the umbrella of Collaboration for Peace and Development (COPAD) are organising a National Peace festival/walk which will start in Nairobi and go through Naivasha, Nakuru, Molo, Timboroa, Burnt Forest, Kisumu and other towns. There are so far 75 participants comprising both men and women under the age of thirty. Activities to be undertaken in each town include sports, beauty pageants, inspirational talks, Cultural shows etc. They are appealing for assistance either financial or in kind in the form of inspirational speakers, security, PA systems, food and water, publicity etc. Contact Joshua on +254721706717
  • The refugee Studies Centre Department of International Development at Oxford University pioneered the study of forced migration 25 years ago. They would like to assist in terms of providing knowledge and understanding of issues relating to forced migration, specifically, or with contacts in the policy and humanitarian worlds generally, or with leveraging advocacy or tapping emergency or development funding. They also have an international summer school each year, which takes place in July for 3 weeks and fosters dialogue between academics, policy-makers and practitioners working to improve the situations of refugees and IDPs. A number of bursaries are offered. If interested please contact amelia.richards@qeh.ox.ac.uk
  • If you are looking for information about the peace process and initiatives that have been established towards this go to www.rescuekenya.org. This site has information on IDP’s, provides a resource to those who are assisting people on the ground and links up various peace initiatives. The site also has forums and blogs where people can post updates on any upcoming activities. See www.forums.rescuekenya.org/ccp to post a comment on the CCP forum.

    1. Kenya Veterans for peace site is up www.forums.rescuekenya.org/kvp.
    2. www.rescukenya.org have started mapping IDP data according to province/district/division and would like anyone with information on IDP’s in Tanzania or Uganda to send them this information
TODAY’S MEETINGS

08.30 The Peace Makers Update, Oxfam, shelter Afrique House, 1st Floor OPEN

QUOTE OF THE DAY

It is not the lamb who should go and ask the lion if it has had dinner.

Gambian proverb from African Wisdom on War and Peace compiled by Annetta Miller

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE

Today’s Inspirational Feature is from JUSTIN N. KIMANI a consultant in Conflict Transmission specializing in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region Conflict Systems. Email; justinkimani@yahoo.com

ANNAN DID KENYA PROUD, IT IS NOW UPTO KENYANS TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT.

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IOM – Kenya: New funding provides critical psychosocial support to internally displaced

Kenya: New funding provides critical psychosocial support to internally displaced


IOM has received US$ 504,000 from the Norwegian government to provide critical psychosocial support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kenya.

Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Elisabeth Jacobsen made the announcement yesterday as she accompanied the Norwegian Minister for Environment and International Development on a tour of IDP camps in the North Rift Region. Continue reading

DRAFT TRUTH, JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION BILL – TJRC Draft Bill

TJRC-zero-draft– Download full draft bill

ZERO DRAFT

28th March,2008
A Bill for

AN ACT of Parliament to establish a Commission to seek and promote justice, national unity, reconciliation and peace, among the people of Kenya by inquiring into the human rights violations in Kenya and recommending appropriate redress for persons and communities who have suffered injury, hurt, damage, grievance or those who have in any other manner been adversely affected by such acts and omissions.

ENACTED by the Parliament of Kenya, as follows:-

PART 1 – PRELIMINARY

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FEWSNET – MAP: Kenya food security outlook

MAP: Kenya food security outlook
23 Apr 2008
Food security is deteriorating for households throughout Kenya. A poor October to December short-rains season in most pastoral and marginal agricultural areas has decreased pasture availability and reduced household access to food from on-farm production. Food security has decreased for normally food-secure households in Rift Valley, Nyanza, and central and western Kenya following the adverse effects of the post-election crisis since late December 2007, which disrupted production and trade and displaced farmers, business persons and casual laborers. About 830,000 people currently require emergency assistance.
From July to September, calmness is expected to return to the conflict-affected areas of the country, allowing trade to increase and some displaced households to return home. However, food availability will be below normal due to disruptions in planting activities for the 2008 long-rains harvest. Additionally, the long rains are expected to be poor in northern and eastern pastoral and marginal agricultural areas of the country, further depleting pasture availability and limiting household production, causing an increase in the number of households that are highly food insecure.

Kenya: Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #12 (FY 2008)

Kenya: Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #12 (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 April 9, 2008.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

– The April 13 announcement of the formation of a coalition cabinet has led to a reduction in tensions in areas of Kenya affected by the post-election crisis. However, USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) staff caution that the overall security situation remains tenuous.

– On April 14, the U.N. and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) launched a revised appeal for $189 million targeting internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other populations impacted by Kenya’s post-election violence, as well as families potentially affected by drought. The revised appeal supplements the original $41.9 million Kenya Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan announced on January 16 to assist 500,000 people affected by the postelection violence.

– On April 10, USAID/OFDA airlifted 300 rolls of plastic sheeting from USAID/OFDA’s Dubai warehouse to Eldoret town, Rift Valley Province, to upgrade existing camp shelter resources in response to protracted displacement needs compounded by the onset of the March rains. The emergency relief commodities, valued at more than $165,000 including transport, will improve shelter conditions for approximately 50,000 beneficiaries.

– The USAID/DART continues to conduct field assessments throughout affected regions of central and western Kenya, engage with U.N. and partner relief agencies to identify evolving humanitarian needs, and facilitate coordination and information sharing regarding response and early recovery efforts.

NUMBERS AT A GLANCE
SOURCE
Conflict-Affected Population at Risk of Poverty(1)
2,000,000
The World Bank – January 18, 2008
Estimated IDPs in camps and centers
157,585
KRCS(2) – April 16, 2008
Estimated IDPs within host communities
196,000
NDOC(3) – March 26, 2008
Deaths(4)
1,020
NDOC – April 8, 2008
Kenyan Refugees in Uganda
2,000
UNHCR(5) – April 18, 2008

FY 2008 HUMANITARIAN FUNDING PROVIDED TO DATE

USAID/OFDA Assistance to Kenya: $6,222,429
USAID/FFP(6) Assistance to Kenya: $39,719,000
State/PRM(7) Assistance to Kenya: $10,843,105
Total USAID and State Humanitarian Assistance to Kenya: $56,784,534

CURRENT SITUATION

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USAID – Humanitarian Assistance to Kenya (as of 23 Apr 2008)

USAID Map showing areas of assistance operations

MAP

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