- UNHCR statement on the future of Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camps, 14 Apr 2015
- UNHCR Kenya Kakuma Operational Update 27 Mar - 9 Apr 2015
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook - January to June 2015
Appeals & Funding
Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Ms Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meagre shelter of palm trees near the beach in Kilifi, in eastern Kenya.
It was June, among the coolest and wettest months there. “I was so worried that the baby would fall sick, and there was nothing that I could do,” Kalama says.
22,798 Identified unaccompanied minors Households provided with cash grants in year 2014
187,880 NFIs distributed since January
184 Shelters distributed since January
654,215 South Sudanese Refugees (total)
522,812 New arrivals (since 15 Dec. 2013)
131,403 Old caseload (before 15 Dec. 2013)
259,232 Refugees in South Sudan
1.5 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Government of Kenya calls for the closure of Dadaab refugee camp following terrorist attack in Garissa.
Fighting resumes in South Sudan as peace talks stall yet again.
Over 20,000 South Sudanese refugees received in neighbouring countries since February 2015.
Food security expected to deteriorate from April - June 2015 in most countries in the region.
More than 6,500 Burundian refugees flee tensions in Burundi ahead of June 2015 presidential elections.
The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) has announced that Sh400 million has been released to fight hunger in four counties.
The emergency cash transfers were released under the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) and will benefit more than 90,000 families.
The vulnerable households targeted are in Marsabit, Wajir, Mandera and Turkana counties, according to NDMA.
The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya has been home to more than 350,000 refugees who have sought refuge for over two decades and have continued to enjoy an accommodative asylum space. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) urges the Kenyan government to reconsider its announcement that the Dadaab camp should be closed within three months and the camp be relocated to Somalia.
In partnership with Kenya Red Cross, Mr Nyambok said, the county will also provide locals with chemicals to treat their drinking water.
As a result, Kenya Red Cross Western Coordinator Emmanuel Owako said they have stocked health facilities in these areas with drugs to manage the situation.
Kenya Red Cross officials said more were likely to suffer should rivers continue breaching banks in the county because the capacity of their rescue centres is small.
Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique
Africa Weather Hazards
Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.
Food security and nutrition in the Horn of Africa remains fragile with high vulnerability persisting in arid and semi-arid lands. Frequent natural and man-made disasters continue to erode the income earning assets of poor families.
The number of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda is still rising. The region is also home to close to 1 million refugees from Somalia, while the internal displacement of 1.5 million people remains a constant challenge.
Refugees in Kenya need assistance and a safe place to stay
Calls by Kenyan officials to close Dadaab refugee camp, in northeastern Kenya, within three months and forcibly return its residents to Somalia would have dramatic and life-threatening consequences for hundreds of thousands of people, warns the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today.
In recent years, a spate of attacks has destabilised a swathe of Kenya’s peripheral counties as well as bringing terror to its capital, Nairobi. As violent insecurity spreads, it has fomented fear and stoked ethnic and regional divisions, precipitating security crackdowns and roiling the country’s infamously tumultuous politics.
Minister Yelich delivers Canadian statement at United Nations Security Council open debate on sexual violence in conflict
April 15, 2015 - New York City, New York - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced an additional $5.5 million to fight sexual and gender-based violence.
Regional mixed migration summary for March 2015 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.
Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the case load mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated
Kenya has offered a ten day amnesty to youngsters who have joined Al-Shabaab. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said on Tuesday (April 14) that the Government called upon all individuals who went to Somalia for training and now wish to disassociate themselves from terrorism to report to National government offices, to the County Commissioners in Nairobi, Mombasa and Garissa. He said the Government would consider granting amnesty and appropriate reintegration support.
Displacement disrupting livelihoods
The rains started in March in South Sudan, marking the start of planting season. The ongoing conflict continues to restrict civilians’ freedom of movement, limiting their ability to access land to plant crops, tend to their livestock, and trade. For South Sudanese to take advantage of the planting season, they need to be able to move freely. The conflict has also disrupted trade, degraded markets, isolating communities from markets and increasing travel time to market centres pushing prices of basic commodities upwards.
As one of the oldest protracted refugee situations in the world, Kakuma refugee camp is keeping its history for 24 years with 180,000 population of 21 nationalities.
In addition, with high influx of South Sudanese refugees caused by the ongoing domestic conflict since December 2013, Kakuma refugee camp has already exceeded its capacity to accommodate. And this substantial numbers of new arrivals lead insufficient humanitarian assistance in the camp across sectors to more impoverished lives of refugees.