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Kenya + 1 other
Kenya Country Office Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report March 2014 (Including UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma)

Highlights

  • As of 7 April 2014, Kakuma refugee Camp hosts 33,399 South Sudanese refugees. 65% of those are children under 18 years. UNICEF through partners on the ground continues to provide technical and material support. Funding remains the key bottleneck across all sectors;

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Angola + 12 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 24 – April 30, 2014

  • Decreased amounts of precipitation were observed across parts of Ethiopia during the middle of April
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Somalia + 2 others
Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 23 April 2014

Each cell on the map represents the forecasted accumulated rainfall over the next 3 days / Xubin walba oo naqshadda koorkeeda ah waxay muujinaysaa guud ahaan saadaasha roobka ee saddexda maalmood ee soo socota

The full forecast grid is available for download at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/africa/briefing.html

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World + 43 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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South Sudan + 4 others
Factsheet - South Sudan Crisis

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CARE

In just over 100 days since violence erupted in South Sudan, over 1 million people have fled their homes. 4.9 million people are in desperate need of emergency assistance (food, access to clean water and sanitation). Many refugees are crossing into Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan. 3.7 million people are at high risk of a severe food crisis. On top of this, the rainy season begins mid-April, entailing high risks of flooding.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Emergency Situation UNHCR Regional Update 11, 14 – 17 April 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SOUTH SUDAN: The Opposition fighters are mobilizing for a campaign to capture the oil fields in Paloch that are still pumping – the last major source of revenue for the Government. A battle for Paloch would thrust South Sudan into still more chaos.

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Yawning food gap looms amid poor agriculture funding

In Summary

The study found that while some counties allocated reasonable funds to agriculture in 2013/14 financial year, others did not provide any finances despite its importance in ensuring food security and creating employment.

By Nation Correspondent

Inadequate allocation of resources to agriculture by county governments has put the country at risk of plunging into a food crisis, an institute has warned.

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Books in local languages enhance child learning

Report
World Vision

Emily Wallace
Education Resource Adaptation Trainer
World Vision International

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World + 1 other
Amref Health Africa Calls for Increased Investment to Consolidate Gains in Malaria Control

Since the year 2000, global commitment and effort as well as huge investment in malaria control have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives, reducing malaria incidence and mortality rates in Africa by 31% and 49% respectively. But malaria still kills. In 2012 more than 200 million cases were reported and an estimated 627,000 deaths occurred the same year. Most of these cases are never tested or registered, and the situation is worsened by the emerging drug and insecticide resistance. More funding and efforts are urgently required to reverse this situation.

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Fish prices rise due to shortage

Fish prices have increased in Nakuru County because of a persistent shortage. Traders at Wakulima Wholesale Market in Nakuru town blamed flooding around the Lake Victoria region for the shortage.

A kilogramme of whole tilapia which was selling at Sh280 a month ago has risen to Sh320 while that of Nile Perch fillet is going for Sh500 up from Sh450.

“The most affected variety is omena because the Fisheries Department has temporarily banned omena fishing,” said Beatrice Achieng’, a fish trader. A tin of omena was going for Sh150 last month, but is now retailing at Sh200.

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World + 4 others
Plus grandes, plus graves - le défi des catastrophes urbaines

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IRIN

MANILLE, 22 avril 2014 (IRIN) - Les travailleurs d'urgence qui interviennent en milieu urbain à la suite d'une catastrophe ont la nécessité de s'adapter aux contraintes et exigences spécifiques aux milieux urbains, selon des experts et des travailleurs humanitaires.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Fertiliser shortage grips North Rift as maize and wheat planting starts

In Summary

  • The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has admitted scarcity of DAP and NPK in some of its depots

  • Maize production in Rift Valley, the country’s food basket dropped by five million bags to 16 million from 21 million last season after attacks by the MLN disease

By Nation Correspondent

Inadequate supply of fertiliser has hit most parts of North Rift as grain farmers rush to buy the soil nutrients.

Farmers complain of lack of Diammonium phosphate (DAP) and NPK 23:23:0.

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Two injured after clans fight for land

In Summary

  • The skirmishes led to the destruction of water pipes and diversion of water used for irrigation by community members living downstream

  • At least five houses were torched before police and political leaders intervened

By PHILEMON SUTER

Two people were seriously injured and 20 houses burnt in clashes among four clans over the Easter weekend.

The skirmishes led to the destruction of water pipes and diversion of water used for irrigation by community members living downstream.

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Somalia + 8 others
East Africa Price Bulletin April 2014

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

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Land and tree incentives entice Kenyan farmers to save forests

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AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00 AM
Author: Pius Sawa

KAKAMEGA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Kenyan government plan to increase the country's forest cover by giving local people incentives to plant and preserve trees is paying off, resulting in more productive farmers and a landscape better able to cope with the changing climate.

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Kenya + 3 others
281 refugees transferred to camps

Some 281 refugees have been taken back to their camps from Nairobi in the last three days, the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination has said.

The ministry’s director of communication Mwenda Njoka said this was in line with government policy to have refugees settled only in gazette refugee camps.

The refugees who were netted during the ongoing security operation in Nairobi and screened at Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani were taken to Dadaab and Kakuma camps.

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Kenya + 3 others
100 more refugees relocated to camps

By AGGREY MUTAMBO

More than 100 refugees have been taken to camps as the government insists it will not backtrack in clearing them from urban areas.

Refugee Affairs Commissioner Haron Komen told the Nation that 111 people were taken to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps on Thursday night.

They were part of those detained in Kasarani Safaricom Stadium for scrutiny of their identification papers.

“This number only accounts for those that the government has transported,” said Mr Komen.

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Press Release on the Killing of Innocent Kenyan Citizens by Suspected Al Shabab Militia and Sheikh Abubakr Shariff, Ibrahim “Rogo” Omar and Aboud Rogo Mohammed

The Chairperson of the Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial Killings in Africa (the Chairperson) is concerned about reports of the killing of innocent civilians in grenade attacks at various locations in Nairobi and Mombasa, including at a place of worship. The Chairperson is similarly concerned about the “drive-by” killing of Sheikh Abubakar Shariff in Mombasa earlier this month, and the killing of Ibrahim “Rogo” Omar and Aboud Rogo Mohammed in October 2013 and August 2012, respectively.