Book Launch – Kwani Trust & Concerned Kenyan Writers: After the Vote; Dispatches from the Coalition of Concerned Kenyan writers on May 29, 2008

After The Vote by Kwani

Kwani Trust, in partnership with the Coalition of Concerned Kenyan Writers (CKW) are pleased to announce the release of a new book, After the Vote; Dispatches from the Coalition of Concerned Kenyan writers on May 29, 2008

CKW are a coalition of the foremost writers, thinkers, philosophers and artists in the country, who came together in response to the 2007 election and its aftermath. With more than 80 members, CKW has created an online forum in which to share and critique each other’s writing, with the explicit purpose of exploring and articulating solutions to the disaster that befell Kenyans.

This book features non fiction stories by five writers: Alison Ojany Owuor, Andia Kisia, Tony Mochama, Simiyu Barasa and Kalundi Serumaga. The book will be available at all leading bookshops and supermarkets.

It is the first in a series of publications by Kwani Trust to be released this year in response to the post election crisis and the ensuing violence in Kenya. Since its inception in 2003, Kwani Trust has been at the forefront in publishing contemporary creative fiction, non fiction and poetry.

For more information about After the Vote, please visit www.kwani.org or contact Annette Majanja on +254 – 2 – 3745210 or email info@kwani.org

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Title: After the Vote

Featured writers: Kalundi Serumaga, Alison Ojany Owuor, Andia Kisia, Simiyu Barasa, Tony Mochama

Genre: Creative Non Fiction

ISBN: 9966 -7008 -1 -1

RRP: Ksh. 200

Availability: All leading bookstores

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Kenya: Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #14 (FY 2008)


Kenya: Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #14 (FY 2008)


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

Note: The last fact sheet was dated May 7, 2008.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

– The Government of Kenya (GOK) continues to facilitate the return of approximately 350,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from temporary shelters in camps and host communities to pre-crisis lands. Between May 2 and 22, the number of IDPs residing in camps decreased from 158,891 to 95,454 and the number of camps declined from 157 to 124, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

– Relief agencies report that the majority of returnees are farmers moving back to agricultural areas. Some IDPs, including some small business owners and landless individuals, continue to indicate a reluctance to depart camps without government assistance to help reestablish livelihoods. In addition, ongoing security concerns and the perceived need for further reconciliation is hampering returns in some areas.

– The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the GOK are working to register IDPs in host communities and return sites in order to provide targeted humanitarian and livelihood assistance to these populations. Registration is scheduled to be complete by June 30, although population movements are complicating the process.

– USAID/OFDA’s Early Recovery Team continues to monitor the returns process throughout affected areas of western Kenya, facilitate coordination and information sharing among U.N. and relief agencies, and work with implementing partners to support sustainable returns and early recovery.

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
95,454
KRCS – May 22, 2008
Estimated IDPs within host communities
196,000
NDOC(2) – March 26, 2008
Deaths(3)
1,020
NDOC – April 8, 2008
Kenyan Refugees in Uganda
2,000
UNHCR – April 18, 2008

FY 2008 HUMANITARIAN FUNDING PROVIDED TO DATE

USAID/OFDA Assistance to Keny: $9,223,232
USAID/FFP(4) Assistance to Kenya: $56,960,000
State/PRM(5) Assistance to Kenya: $14,943,105
Total USAID and State Humanitarian Assistance to Kenya: $81,126,337

CURRENT SITUATION

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ICRC Kenya: Surgeons dissect lessons from post-election violence

Kenya: Surgeons dissect lessons from post-election violence


Following Kenya’s December 2007 general elections, hospital staff had to face a massive, and unexpected, influx of victims of violence. Now, during a series of ICRC-organized workshops geared at peace-time emergencies, they are discussing the lessons learned. The ICRC’s Iolanda Jaquemet reports.

“Even if the patient has his bowels hanging out, it does not necessarily mean this is the most urgent case on hand, as long as he is in stable condition.” The 20 members of the audience listened attentively to Dr Mauro Dalla Torre, the ICRC surgeon, as he illustrated the principles of triage.

Later, they looked with calm, clinical interest at a picture showing a little boy with horrendous leg wounds, used by Dr Dalla Torre to illustrate “the high energy transfer” caused by a bullet.

The participants’ poise was not surprising: they were surgeons, nurses and clinical officers from five hospitals in Nyanza province, Western Kenya. During two days in April, they swapped experiences at an ICRC-organized workshop on “emergency preparedness and treatment of wounds due to violence”. Continue reading

CCP Meeting 16-05-08

MINUTES OF THE CCP MEETING HELD AT OXFAM OFFICES, SHELTER AFRIQUE HOUSE ON 16/05/08

CORE CORE GROUP MEMBER PRESENT


1. Amb. Bethuel Kiplagat

Matters Arising

Security at Internally Displaced Camps

Mathare

Security is a major threat in Mathare and as it is, there are gangs from both the Kikuyu and Luo communities terrorising residents. The gang leaders are known to the people of Mathare and so far, about 47 names of gang leaders are available.

There’s also a lot of destroyed property, both business and residential. A school/home was also demolished in the area leaving its patrons homeless and without a school to attend. Repair and construction of this school would cost approximately ksh 1.5m. CUPAK has tried to seek funding for this cause, but it has not succeeded.

Action

There is need to identify exactly where these gang members live and initiate dialogue with them in order to promote community policing within the area. The provincial administration can also be involved in this initiative.

A plea to the government to confiscate all manner of weapons from gang members and from the area as well would also be good. The setting up of two police posts in the locality would also be helpful, one at Mathare 4a and another at Kosovo.

CCP should seek building materials from well wishers and corporate organisations to rebuild these schools. Ambassador Kiplagat will seek assistance from St. Mark’s church.

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AI – Kenya: Concerns about the truth, justice and reconciliation bill

Kenya: Concerns about the truth, justice and reconciliation bill


Introduction

Amnesty International has a number of serious concerns about the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission Bill of Kenya (the Bill), published on 9 May 2008 and due to be submitted for debate in Parliament. (i)

Amnesty International recognizes the decision to establish the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Kenya as an important first step towards ensuring accountability for past human rights violations and guaranteeing that victims of those violations know the truth, obtain justice and are provided with full reparation.

The organization welcomes the provisions in the Bill intended to ensure that the establishment and functioning of the future Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (the Commission) comply with international law and standards. Such provisions are discussed below (see para1).

However, Amnesty International is seriously concerned about several aspects of the Bill, which do not comply with international law, standards and best practices. These include:

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AMREF – Kenya in crisis appeal

Kenya in crisis appeal


AMREF has launched a global appeal to raise $1.5m to provide health care to victims of the post-election violence in Kenya that has left nearly 500 dead and over 300,000 people living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the country.

AMREF already works in the places affected by the recent events such as Kibera, Kisumu and Eldoret. In fact, as Africa’s leading health organisation and having worked in Kenya for 50 years, AMREF is uniquely placed to intervene in the humanitarian crisis and protect the health of those affected.

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Seed and fertilizer help displaced farmers in Kenya


Seed and fertilizer help displaced farmers in Kenya


CRS continues to respond to the post-election crisis in Kenya. Recently, CRS and the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret assisted 1,500 farmers displaced by the violence by providing them with vouchers redeemable for seed and fertilizer—critical aid to avoid food shortages. Johnson Irungu, CRS Kenya agricultural unit manager, spoke with Peter Mwaniki Muchiri from Yamumbi village to learn more about the gradual return to farming. Continue reading