OCHA Kenya Humanitarian Update vol. 17, 24 – 30 Apr 2008

OCHA Kenya Humanitarian Update vol. 17, 24 – 30 Apr 2008


– Leaders tour Rift Valley Province to preach peace and promote reconciliation Talks on institutional reforms under Agenda Four resume

– 11,953 IDPs in Turkana District need more assistance

– Government approves transitional shelter kit

– UN appeals for $17 million for new arrivals from Somalia

I. General Overview

During their three-day tour of Rift Valley Province, President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga encouraged communities to reconcile so that displaced people could return home and farm to alleviate the looming food crisis. MPs from Rift Valley province have put forward their own pre-conditions for the resettlement and return of IDPs which are: 1) for suspects arrested for participating in the post-election to be released, 2) for those displaced from Mau Summit during President Kibaki.s first term to be resettled and 3) the termination of the military operation in Mount Elgon. They feel all of these actions are unfairly targeting the wider Kalenjin community. Nevertheless, the visit is seen as a positive step as it shows the issue of return and resettlement is high on the political agenda.

Mediated talks on long-term constitutional, institutional and legal reforms, known as Agenda Four, resumed. The reforms aim to resolve the underlying causes of Kenya.s political crisis. A Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence will be officially established on 1 May, chaired by Kenyan Court of Appeal Judge Philip Waki. A draft bill to establish a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission is being finalized. The commission will investigate human rights violations, economic crimes, including corruption and historical land injustices, committed since independence.

The chairman and the treasurer of the outlawed Mungiki sect were shot dead on 28 April. Analysts believe that the sect is experiencing a power struggle over its leadership. As a result of these recent killings, the sect cancelled its first planned reconciliatory meeting with church and government officials.

Floods have displaced at least 38 families in Homa Bay and Nyando districts in Nyanza Province. The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is responding with blankets, mosquito nets, food, aquatabs, cholera kits, shelter materials and medical treatment.

The information contained in this report has been compiled by OCHA from information received from the field, from national and international humanitarian partners and from other official sources. It does not represent a position from the United Nations.

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Kenya: Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #13 (FY 2008)

Kenya: Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #13 (FY 2008)


Note: The last fact sheet was dated April 23, 2008.


– According to USAID/OFDA staff, on May 5, the Government of Kenya (GOK) launched an initiative in Rift Valley Province to facilitate the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to pre-crisis lands. USAID/OFDA staff report that IDP returns appear to be voluntary and note no evidence of forced returns to date. However, USAID/OFDA staff report concern regarding the sustainability of recent returns in some areas and the lack of GOK coordination with the humanitarian community prior to the implementation of the return operation.

– On May 2, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) transitioned to an early recovery team, following improvements in Kenya’s political environment and stabilized humanitarian conditions in IDP camps and host communities. The demobilization of the USAID/DART reflects the shift from an acute emergency to early recovery in Kenya following post-election violence.

– USAID/OFDA will maintain a presence in Kenya to monitor the humanitarian situation; oversee USAID/OFDA-funded relief, early recovery, and disaster risk reduction programs; and facilitate coordination and information sharing regarding response and early recovery efforts.

Conflict-Affected Population at Risk of Poverty(1)
The World Bank – January 18, 2008
Estimated IDPs in camps and centers
KRCS(2) – May 2, 2008
Estimated IDPs within host communities
NDOC(3) – March 26, 2008
NDOC – April 8, 2008
Kenyan Refugees in Uganda
UNHCR(5) – April 18, 2008


USAID/OFDA Assistance to Kenya: $9,223,232
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: $59,785,337

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Catholic Relief Services – Clean camps improve health in Kenya

Clean camps improve health in Kenya

CRS continues to respond to the post-election crisis in Kenya. Recently, staff from CRS and the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret trained 18 volunteers to serve as hygiene promoters in camps in the Eldoret area of western Kenya. One volunteer, Milka Nyambura Kariuki, lives with 2,000 other displaced people in the Burnt Forest camp. Here she shares how she is working with other volunteers to teach residents about improving camp sanitation and personal hygiene:

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IDPs in Kenya hesitant to return home despite relative calm

IDPs in Kenya hesitant to return home despite relative calm

CHOGOCHO, Kenya, April 16 (UNHCR) – Thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) in Kenya are still hesitant to go home despite the return of peace to parts of the country affected by post-election violence at the start of the year.

Most of the IDPs, especially in western Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, fear they will be attacked if they return home. Some of the men go back to villages like Chogocho during the day to tend to their crops before seeking shelter with friends or relatives at night in towns like Elburgon, located eight kilometres away.

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OCHA Kenya Humanitarian Update vol. 14, 03 – 09 Apr 2008

OCHA Kenya Humanitarian Update vol. 14, 03 – 09 Apr 2008

HIGHLIGHTS – Civil unrest as power-sharing talks break down – Diplomats and donors warn of aid cuts if peace deal is not implemented – Growing concern over rising food prices and inflation – $189 million Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan launch on 14 April – Deal agreed to ensure IDP children can sit national exams The information contained in this report has been compiled by OCHA from information received from the field, from national and international humanitarian partners and from other official sources. It does not represent a position from the United Nations.

I General Overview Protests and violence erupted in Nairobi’s Kibera slum and Kisumu on 8 April following the Orange Democratic Movement’s suspension of power-sharing talks. A 40-member Cabinet was due to be announced on 6 April but disagreements resurfaced over the sharing out of ministries. European Union diplomats said aid will be cut until the peace deal is fully implemented. Inflation rose to 21% in March. The impact is greatest on the poor. WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran expressed concern over rising farm input and food prices as she toured IDP camps on 3 April. Some have called for subsidies to avert riots over food prices as witnessed elsewhere in the world. Human Rights Watch accused the army and rebels of torture and extra judicial killings. The alleged spiritual leader of Sabaot Land Defence Forces Jason Psongoywo was charged with promoting war like activities. Planned evictions from the Mau Forest caused hundreds to flee to Narok trading centre.

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Kenya: Rapid emergency shelter and livelihoods assessment – CHF International

Kenya: Rapid emergency shelter and livelihoods assessment

Post-election violence in the wake of Kenya’s December 27, 2007 presidential election triggered a severe humanitarian crisis and displaced half a million people. Although security conditions have improved following the February 28 agreement between the Party of National Unity (PNU) and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), IDPs and host communities have been severely affected and significant humanitarian needs remain. This assessment report summarizes the main findings and recommendations of CHF International’s assessment of shelter and livelihood conditions among the affected population.

Main findings and recommendations

– Without rapid progress to improve security, implement a durable political agreement and provide assistance to enable destitute IDPs to rebuild their homes and livelihoods, a significant number of IDPs are likely to remain in camps for an extended period.

– Existing shelters in camps as well as in host communities are overcrowded. This poses significant health and security risks to the occupants.

– While some upgrades have occurred, in many IDP camps emergency shelters need to be upgraded to provide adequate protection from rain.

– Urgent action is required to address inadequate drainage and the risk of flooding during the rainy season in IDP sites throughout Kenya.

– Flexible ways to support the livelihoods and income of IDPs and host communities are needed- This is essential both to meet immediate needs, but also to promote early recovery and mitigate long-term destitution.

– Some IDPs lack shelter altogether in spite of the efforts of relief agencies. These groups are highly vulnerable and need immediate assistance.

– Land ownership and documentation of land ownership amongst the displaced population is a significant issue. Efforts to assist IDPs who have lost their land title or other documentation are needed.

– Transitional shelters need to be constructed utilizing locally accessible materials and techniques. This will both reduce cost and enable households to add to the structures in the future.

– Transitional shelter and livelihoods interventions should take into account inflationary pressures and potential disruptions to the supply of construction materials in small local markets.

– Conflict resolution and peace building need to be integrated into all programming.

Full Report – Rapid Emergency Shelter and Livelihoods Assessment


Kenya: Too scared to go home

Kenya: Too scared to go home

RUMURUTI, 28 March 2008 (IRIN) – A month after clashes erupted in Kenya’s Rift Valley district of Laikipia West, calm has returned but internally displaced persons (IDPs) are yet to return home, with leaders voicing concern over the acquisition of guns by communities living in the area.

“Let us not confuse calmness for peace while ethnic animosity persists,” Frederick Sisia, the new district commissioner for Laikipia West, told a peace and reconciliation workshop on 26 March in Nyahururu, the district’s headquarters.

“The truth be told, and let’s be honest with one another: there is no community which is not buying firearms now. Every community must surrender these firearms during an upcoming planned disarmament.”

The clashes, pitting the mostly pastoralist Turkana and Tugen communities against the dominant Kikuyu ethnic group, began in early March following the killing of a suspected Turkana rustler. Since then, at least 25 people have died and over 8,000 have been displaced in the district. Continue reading