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19 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • The South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan was launched on 17 December in Nairobi by Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in front of an audience of donors, UN agencies and NGOs. The plan requests for USD 810 million to meet the needs of 821,000 South Sudanese refugees expected to have arrived in Ethiopia,
    Kenya, Sudan and Uganda by the end of 2015.

19 Dec 2014 description

Abnormal dryness expected to continue in East and Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although good rainfall was observed over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season, has already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • And last Sunday, raiders struck Chesiran Village at midnight, burnt houses and shot an elderly woman in the legs. The attackers drove away 600 goats.

  • More than 50 people, including police officers, have lost their lives in the region due to insecurity.

  • North Rift leaders supported the government’s efforts to mop up illegal guns from pastoral communities as a way of tackling conflicts that are usually deadly over livestock.

By BARNABAS BII

By FLORAH KOECH

19 Dec 2014 description

The introduction of a fresh food voucher program by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Dadaab refugee camp, has enabled 3000 pregnant refugee women and lactating mothers to access a variety of fresh vegetables and meat from various vendors in the camp. The initiative has also led to the increase of the number of refugee women attending clinics.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The “short rains” / “Deyr” season of late 2014 has had mixed performance across East Africa. Northeast Kenya and southern Somalia have been affected by persistently drier than average conditions since the early stages of the season. The onset of the season was delayed, while in the worst affected areas no growing season conditions were detected.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Tension continues to grip parts of Baringo due to fears of impending attacks despite military operations in the region and the deployment of additional security personnel to crack down on bandits.

Baringo County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo Thursday said more security teams had been positioned in hot spots following attacks that have claimed over 50 people including police officers.

“We have set up camps along areas prone to insecurity to prevent further attacks,” said Mr Okwanyo.

He described the situation in the troubled Kapedo and Arabal areas as generally calm.

18 Dec 2014 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2015

18 Dec 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • The county government with the help of investors is seeking to have these children schooled through an informal programme.

  • The first beneficiaries of the programme will be 800 students selected from 16 schools in the county.

  • Each school which has a nursery school, primary and secondary school will select a concept to adopt from six categories.

  • The programme will be tailored on the areas of maritime, performing arts, sports, entrepreneurship, urban design, hospitality and leisure.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide has been given 21 days to resolve a question about our financial reporting that has come up with the NGO board of the Kenyan Government. The issue dates back to our 2012 financial reports. Our 2013 financial reporting was all in order. We are working now to make sure all paperwork is resubmitted as needed, and any missing information is provided.

18 Dec 2014 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42 GMT
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Dec 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamist attacks, knee-jerk security responses, corrupt policing and racial profiling are dividing Kenyans increasingly along religious and ethnic lines, experts said.

Read the full article on AlertNet.

17 Dec 2014 description
  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.

17 Dec 2014 description

Conflict continues to drive food insecurity in many areas of the region

Key Messages:

About 12.4 million people in East Africa are in need of humanitarian assistance. As of November, the majority were in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in northeastern Djibouti, eastern and northeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, southern and central Somalia, western and southern Sudan, and the Greater Upper Nile States in South Sudan. Significant populations remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in these countries and in Burundi, Rwanda, and northeastern Uganda.

17 Dec 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By JOHN MBARIA

IN SUMMARY

  • The presence of IDPs seven years after the 2007-2008 mayhem has raised concerns over the government’s commitment to helping the displaced people get back to their lives and seeking justice for the victims of the election-related violence.

Contrary to official statements that all the internally displaced persons in Kenya were compensated and have returned home, seven years after the country suffered from its worst politically instigated violence since Independence, many people are still living in camps.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Voice of America

EASTLEIGH, KENYA—Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya.

Twenty-two year old Ahmed Shaciye runs a clothing business in Eastleigh, on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Four years ago, he and two friends combined their resources to import clothes from Dubai and China and sell them at a profit. Their thriving enterprise draws in customers from all over the area.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

16 Dec 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Acre Africa targets about one million farmers in Kenya with cover for losses caused by poor weather by end of 2015

  • Micro-insurance firm, Acre Africa, has partnered with insurance companies and banks to design products for small-scale farmers who are usually regarded as too risky to insure in Kenya.

By MWANIKI WAHOME

An initiative to cushion small-scale farmers against the negative impacts of unpredictable weather has been unveiled.