KENYA: Compensation, fear of attacks keeping IDPs in Rift Valley camps

KENYA: Compensation, fear of attacks keeping IDPs in Rift Valley camps


Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
A young boy drinks rain water at the displaced camp at Eldoret. April 2008. The heavy downpour brings a risk of waterborne diseases that can hit the camp.

ELDORET, 1 May 2008 (IRIN) – Along the Nakuru-Eldoret road, the charred remains of homes and businesses scar the picturesque landscape of Kenya’s Rift Valley province and serve as a reminder of two months of violence that rocked the nation early this year.

The calm that is typical of most rural settings belies the suffering experienced by thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) since fleeing their homes in January and February.

“We are starting the third month of living in tents yet I don’t see myself leaving soon because I am afraid nothing has changed out there,” Rosemary Kuria, an IDP at a camp in Eldoret, told IRIN.

Fear of attacks should they return home and the hope of receiving compensation from the government seem to be two key issues for most IDPs, and contribute to their seeming reluctance to return home even after the formation of a coalition government a month ago, which was to have marked the end of their displacement.
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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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KENYA: Floods hit thousands, including IDP camps

KENYA: Floods hit thousands, including IDP camps

NAIROBI, 2 April 2008 (IRIN) – At least 6,000 people have been affected by flooding following heavy rains in the southern coastal district of Taveta, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said.

“Three primary schools have also been closed temporarily after being submerged,” Anthony Mwangi, the KRCS Public Relations Manager said on 1 April. “The water levels in some areas are up to chest level.”

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KENYA: Sexual violence continues in IDP camps

KENYA: Sexual violence continues in IDP camps

NAKURU, 4 March 2008 (PlusNews) – Residents in a camp for displaced persons in Nakuru, in Rift Valley Province, western Kenya, were deeply shocked when a gang of men attacked and sexually assaulted five boys, but the health officials dealing with sexual violence during the recent political upheaval have had to become immune.

“Since the violence started we are seeing similar numbers of cases to what we would normally see over the same timespan, but there is one major difference: 90 percent of the cases we are seeing since the political crisis began are gang rapes,” said Lucy Kiama, head of the Gender Violence Recovery Centre at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital. “The gangs range from groups of two men to as many as eleven.”

An estimated 300 women have been treated for rape since the year began, many of them women and girls who had travelled from Rift Valley Province to the capital, Nairobi, often a journey of hundreds of kilometres that could take many hours by bus. Continue reading

GOK Crisis Coordination Teams

Overall Coordination:
National Disaster Operation Centre
Nyayo House 3rd Floor – North Wing
Director: Col Wesonga
Tel: +254 20 2212386
+254 20 2211445
Mobile: +254 711 860588

Other Sectoral Focal Points
Kenya Red Cross Society:
Abbas Gullet
Tel: 603593, 3950000, 600669
Mob: 0722206958/ 0733333040.

Health and Nutrition:
Ministry of Health: Mrs. Rosemary Ngaruro,
Tel: 0722469522, 0723143241
UNICEF, Noreen 072063121,
Ruth Situma 0727534692.

Education:
Ministry of Education
Mr Karaba: 0733856471, 222543.
Mr Abdi Habat: 0722931854

UNICEF
Aminata Maitha: 0722205338
Elias Noor: 0722600224.

Water and Sanitation
Ministry of Water and Irrigation
Eng. Fred Mwango: 2720473, 0734729440.
Kepha Ombacho: 2715677, 0721264965
Eliud Wamwangi: 0722830220.
UNICEF,Eng. Donde: 0722528354.

Food Aid
Office of the President
Ibrahim Maalim: 0722749604, 0723830071
Philip Tarus: 0722 259836.
World Food Programme
Simon Cammelbeck: 0735333313.

Children bear the brunt of post-poll violence – 31 Jan 08

Children bear the brunt of post-poll violence

“You will fall,” Maureen Mbone, 23, warns her two sons who are playing nearby. She is a mother of three. Her youngest child, who is eight months old, is still suckling. The young mother is concerned about her five and three-year old sons who are playing, oblivious to their predicament. Ms Mbone and her husband have been residents of Nairobi’s Jamhuri Park showground, one of the 300 Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps in the country , for the last two weeks. She and her children had gone out to buy vegetables for supper when they met a gang of young men who asked her to say whom she had voted for in the December General Election.
The youths let her go, but she returned home to find her house burning because her landlord had supported the “wrong candidate.”

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