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22 Dec 2014 description
report Peace Direct

December 19 2014: For peaceful development to spread, local people must be able to take charge of their own approaches. Dr Karambu Ringera discusses how her organisation supports this work in communities around Kenya.

In a world which believes deeply in the idea of war as a means of building peace, it is difficult to imagine alternative ways of doing so. But it is clear to me that peace and change come when people begin talking to one another.

21 Dec 2014 description

As the mother of six boys, a farmer and the leader of her farming group, Judith is the perfect example of a local saying - Empower a woman, and you empower an entire community.

Judith has a lot to smile about.

Just a few years ago, a bad harvest would have meant hunger for her family and the entire community. Now, thanks to her participation in a World Food Programme-supported project for local farmers, she and many of her neighbours have learned useful tools such as collective marketing that have allowed them to sell their crops at higher prices.

21 Dec 2014 description

By. T. Craig Murphy, IOM Kenya, with Ismael Ali, IOM Bosasso

The closest geographic point from Africa to the Arabian Peninsula is a strait connecting the Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea known as “Bab-el-Mandeb”, which in Arabic means “The Gateway of Anguish.” Legend says that the name derives from the dangerous maritime navigation and the many lives claimed by the sea. At this point, it is only 30 kilometres from Djibouti to Yemen. Historically and contemporarily, this is the location from where large numbers of migrants move out of Africa for a variety of reasons.

20 Dec 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Nairobi, December 21, 2014) – Kenya’s far-reaching new security law undermines fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed in the 2010 Kenyan constitution and international human rights law.

“Laws that violate fundamental rights and are open to abuse by security forces aren’t the right solution to Kenya’s security crisis,” said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Protecting security and human rights at the same time is not contradictory, and Kenya’s leaders should reconsider their course.”

20 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.

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.