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22 Nov 2014 description

Slow start to seasonal rainfall continues in Angola and Zambia, dryness remains in Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania

  1. Low and poorly distributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, eastern Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. The persistence of below-average rainfall in November is likely to reduce crop growth and limit the regeneration of pasture.

22 Nov 2014 description

Garissa, Kenya | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 14:49 GMT

Somalia's Shebab Islamists on Saturday ambushed a bus in Kenya and executed 28 non-Muslim passengers in what they said was revenge for police raids on mosques in the troubled port of Mombasa.

"I can confirm... that 28 innocent travellers were brutally executed by the Shebab," regional police chief Noah Mwavinda told AFP.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Red Cross

Introduction

Following the heavy rains experienced since 14th November 2014 at Tana Delta, Bura and Hirimani Locations in Bura Division were among the area affected. The rains that were reported to last over 4 hours led to flash floods at Hirimani which is occasioned by flooding from the main canal situated near Bura Town.

The double effects of the heavy down pour and the overflowing waters from the canal resulted into heavy flooding in the surrounding villages.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Red Cross

Introduction

Following the conflict attack that broke out among the Pokot and Tukana communities in Kapedo two weeks ago, tension is still high in most areas.

KRCS Response

In response to the situation, 48 metric tons of food were procured targeting 46, 513 affected Households (HHs) in East Pokot and11, 856 in Turkana East. The targeting was done to provide food for a period of two weeks. The distribution begun on 17th November 2014, so far 11, 462 HHs have been reached.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Red Cross

Following the conflict attack that broke out among the Pokot and Tukana communities in Kapedo two weeks ago, tension is still high in most areas.

In response to the situation, 48 metric tons of food was procured targeting 58,369 Households (HHs), of which 46, 513HHs of East Pokot and 11,856 at Turkana East. The targeted communities were as a result of the recent attacks, which have been worsened due to the looming drought in area.

21 Nov 2014 description

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has sought to allay the concerns of hundreds of thousands of refugees facing food ration cuts in northern Kenya and stressed that these are not linked to the repatriation of Somalis.

"We call for calm in camps. The reduction of food rations is purely as a result of funding constraints and should not in any way be linked to the planned pilot project that will support refugees spontaneously returning to Somalia," Raouf Mazou, UNHCR's representative in Kenya, said in Nairobi this week.

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 20th November 2014, Kakuma had received 44,282 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 179,126. As at 16th November 177,070 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49% of the registered population.

21 Nov 2014 description

Contents

517 Global routine vaccination coverage, 2013
522 Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication – Nigeria, January 2013–September 2014

Sommaire

517 Couverture de la vaccination systématique dans le monde en 2013
522 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite au Nigéria, janvier 2013-septembre 2014

21 Nov 2014 description
report Internews Network

Rose Nyala is a 44-year-old mother of two who has been living with HIV for the last 11 years. A teacher at Bomondo Church of God Primary School in Nyamira, Kenya, she has never regretted going public about her status.

Rose, who is on antiretroviral drugs, is in good health. Once every week, Rose holds a counselling session with Standard Seven and Eight pupils (ages 13 – 15) during their lunch break. She has devoted her life to highlighting the challenges facing AIDS orphans.

21 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Asman Kamama is the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Internal Security and Administration.

  • The military said soldiers had left the area before the alleged looting and harassment.

By WYCLIFF KIPSANG

A humanitarian crisis looms in Tiaty sub-county as food supplies are not reaching the area due to the ongoing bid to disarm villagers.

Security officers have erected road blocks, hindering food transportation.

21 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Police patrols stepped up after attack

  • The attack at Buluku, according to County Commissioner Peter Thuku, involved the Gabbra and Dasaanach communities.

By LUCAS BARASA

Five people were killed and 12 others injured in a bandit attack on a North Horr village.

Four villagers have been missing since the Wednesday incident.

The attack at Buluku, according to County Commissioner Peter Thuku, involved the Gabbra and Dasaanach communities.

20 Nov 2014 description

Despite rising unemployment among young adults in Kenya, many of the country’s youth don’t think of farming as an attractive way to make money. However, agriculture is the engine driving the Kenyan economy, and expanding opportunities for young people is central to economic growth.

20 Nov 2014 description
  • On 13 November, the Director-General of WHO accepted the recommendation of an International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee of Experts on polio that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the IHR, and extended the existing Temporary Recommendations to prevent the international spread of polio for countries affected by the disease for another 3 months.

20 Nov 2014 description

Food insecurity will ease after harvests and October to December rains

Key Messages

20 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Mr Mvurya and Mr Mruttu called on the people staying in the border towns such as Mackinnon Road to remain calm as “a solution will be found”.
  • He said a series of meetings would be held involving representatives from both counties to chart the way forward.
  • Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya, his Taita-Taveta counterpart, Mr John Mruttu, Taita-Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay, and MPs Gonzi Rai (Kinango), Andrew Mwadime (Mwatate) and Jones Mlolwa (Voi), jointly announced the decision.

By DANIEL TSUMA NYASSY

19 Nov 2014 description
  • A short period of increased rains helped to relieve many anomalously dry areas in the Greater Horn.

  • Strengthening moisture deficits continue throughout parts of northern Angola and eastern Zambia.

1) Low and poorly distributed seasonal “Deyr” rains have led to strengthening moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout several local areas in southern Somalia, eastern Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. The persistence of drier than average rainfall in November is likely to negatively affect crop and pastoral areas in the region.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Adeso

Despite gains made by the Kenyan government in recent years, for many children living in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands education remains a far-fetched dream. In counties such as Marsabit, which are predominantly inhabited by pastoralists who seasonally migrate in search of pasture, accessing the formal schooling system is particularly challenging. As a result, the County exhibits the poorest education indicators in Kenya, with literacy levels as low as 20%.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo and Isiolo North MP Samal Lomwa condemned the incident and called on the national government to treat insecurity with the seriousness it deserves.
  • The county commissioner said the incident comes barely a fortnight after 10 people were killed at Loruko following clashes between members of the Samburu and Turkana communities.

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI

Four people, including two police reservists, were shot dead after suspected Samburu bandits raided Gachuru Village.

18 Nov 2014 description

FMR 48
November 2014

The role of faith in the humanitarian sector is not easy to measure. Faiths generally advocate welcoming the stranger and there are many organisations and individuals inspired by their faith or religion to provide protection and assistance. Yet it is easier to measure the activities inspired by faith than to measure the difference that having that faith makes, and secularly inspired standards for such activities can appear to be in tension with the faith inspiration. FMR 48 includes 36 articles on ‘Faith’ plus seven ‘general’ articles.