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

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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