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South Sudan + 5 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 46 (as of 24 July 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some 1.1 million people are facing emergency levels of food insecurity.

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene partners reported reaching some 400,000 more people in crisis-affected areas in June compared to May, raising the overall number of people reached with some humanitarian assistance to 2.4 million.

  • An additional aircraft, able to carry 10 metric tonnes per day, was contracted and dedicated specifically to operations in Bentiu. This frees up other air assets for rapid response operations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 4 others
IOM South Sudan Situation Report 30, 22 July 2014

OVERVIEW

The security situation across South Sudan remains unpredictable and highly volatile. In Guit and Nhialdu (18km from Bentiu town), Unity State, clashes disrupted food distribution to 37,000 people on 16 July. Fighting was also reported in Ayod (Jonglei State) and Nassir (Upper Nile State). In Lakes State, 1,000 people have been displaced by incidents of cattle raiding and sporadic fighting.

International Organization for Migration:

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Somalia + 13 others
CERF underfunded emergencies: 2014 2nd round, as of 21 July 2014

Eleven countries were selected for allocations from the CERF Underfunded Emergencies window, designed to ensure life-saving relief work continues in countries where needs are high but financial support is low.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis — Regional Impact Situation Report #28 23 July 2014

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Highlights

  • WFP urgently requires US$107 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

  • The resource situation remains critical in all the four countries. Shortfalls may require WFP to implement ration cuts and stop selected activities such as school meals and blanket supplementary feeding, in order to prioritize assistance for new arrivals. This will have a negative impact on the nutrition situation of beneficiaries.

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Kenyan girls taken to remote regions to undergo FGM in secret

Report
Guardian

Perpetrators of female genital mutilation becoming more difficult to catch as hospitals and clinics carry out procedure covertly

Parents are taking their daughters to remote regions of Kenya to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in secret, according to the head of the country's new FGM prosecution unit.

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World + 1 other
When disaster hits, does it matter if a business profits amid the poverty?

Report
Guardian

From phone companies to insurers, firms are making cash while helping impoverished, war-torn or disaster-affected people

Steven A Zyck

Kenya has been hit by four major droughts in the past decade, each resulting in a humanitarian crisis. These cycles of drought are unlikely to change – but what has changed is the response.

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Kenya + 1 other
Kakuma Camp Update 17th – 23rd July 2014

Current Situation:

In the past week Kakuma Camp has received 295 South Sudanese arrivals from the Nadapal border point. As of 23 rd July 2014, the number of South Sudanese asylum seekers received was 40,893. This brings the total estimated camp population to 176,364.

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Kenya + 1 other
Venus Williams Teams with CARE; Invites Fans to Help Empower Young Women in Africa

Report
CARE

Tennis star launches a campaign with Join My Village to provide expanded education opportunities for young women in Africa; challenges her fans around the world to help

ATLANTA – Tennis champion Venus Williams is partnering with CARE, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, to raise awareness of and encourage support for girls’ education in the developing world by supporting programs in Kenya and Malawi.

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Kenya + 1 other
Growing the Evidence Base behind Nutritious, Leafy Vegetables

With nutrition in mind, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture has been working with an international team of researchers to strengthen the value chain for African indigenous vegetables. Their work began in western Kenya with a food and farm training program established by the Academic Model Promoting Access to Health Care (AMPATH) health system.

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Farms dry up after River Tana changes its course

By ABDIMALIK HAJIR

In Summary

  • The farmers grow mangoes, bananas, passion fruit, watermelons and vegetables and have incurred extra costs hiring casual workers to re-direct water to their fields.
  • Garissa County executive committee member for Agriculture, Fisheries and Irrigation Hubi Hussein said her department had no money to rescue the farmers.

More than 3,000 families in Garissa County face a bleak future after River Tana, which has watered their farms for decades, changed its course.

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Tension in Mombasa as grenade found

In Summary

  • Nation Photographer Laban Walloga was roughed up after he took pictures of soldiers on patrol in Likoni.

  • The Nation learnt that learning was paralysed in five schools as headteachers called parents to withdraw their children after the security scare.

By WINNIE ATIENO

Kenya Navy soldiers were on Wednesday sent to back up a police security operation in the Likoni area of Mombasa, following panic sparked by reports that armed men had been spotted surveying the area.

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Residents and leaders point fingers at police

In Summary

  • The attack, by gunmen who stole more than Sh50,000 from Sega Bar and other victims, came just 24 hours after five masked men shot dead three people in Soweto, Likoni, including a 11-year-old girl.

  • Tuesday’s attack took place at around 3am and witnesses said the gangsters took command of the street for about half an hour.

By GALGALO BOCHA

Police in Mombasa County were Tuesday on the spot over a wave of attacks by gunmen.

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Hooded killers rain terror in Mombasa

(Video)

In Summary

  • Witnesses said the gangsters, numbering between four and eight, appeared to be on a mission to kill.

  • Mombasa MPs expressed shock at the attack describing it as the evil work of people bent on creating animosity between communities to destabilise the county.

By NATION TEAM

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ANALYSIS: Conflict dynamics on Kenya's coast

Report
IRIN

By Obinna Anyadike

MOMBASA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN) - A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya's southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come.

The death toll in the raids in Lamu and Tana River counties is undisputed. There is also a general agreement that the cause of the violence is "politics and land". But on who is behind the attacks, and why, the consensus is shakier.

IRIN:

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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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IGAD Convenes a Joint Steering Committee for its Water Related Programs in Nairobi

Nairobi, 22-07-2014: Dr Guleid Artan, the Director of IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), Mr John Nyaoro, Director of Water Resources at the Kenyan Ministry of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources, and Mr Julius Wellens-Mensah, Geneva-based Chief of Basic Systems in Hydrology-World Meteorological Organization (WMO), launched the Second Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the IGAD Inland Water Resources Management Program (INWRMP) and the IGAD Hydrological Cycle Observing System (HYCOS) Project this morning at the Nairobi Safari Club-Lillian Towers in the presence of

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Reviving Kenyan ‘return to school’ policy may end teenage mums’ poverty, ignorance

Report
AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:01 GMT
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Teresia got pregnant at 15 and dropped out of school because her father refused to pay her fees. Nineteen years later, she is a mother of six.

Read the full article on AlertNet

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World + 14 others
Global terrorism fatalities up 30%, risk of attacks increase most in China, Egypt, Kenya, and Libya

Report
Maplecroft

Over the last 12 months, global fatalities from acts of terrorism have risen 30% compared to the previous five year average, according to a new security monitoring service from global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which also identifies China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya as seeing the most significant increases in the risk of terrorist attacks.

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World + 11 others
UN Emergency Fund gives $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

(New York, 23 July 2014) – United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Kenya + 1 other
Reversal of last year’s court ruling on urban refugees is quite stunning: What changed?

The judge who told the Kenya Government a year ago that it couldn’t force urban refugees into remote and over-crowded refugee camps now says it’s fine to do just that. How could that be?

In July 2013, the High Court ruled unconstitutional a government directive ordering all refugees in Nairobi and other cities to move into the Dadaab and Kakuma camps near the country’s northern borders with Somalia and Sudan.

High Court judge David S. Majanja described the government’s order as a violation of the refugees’ freedom of movement and right to dignity.