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26 May 2016 description

SUMMARY

  • A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Luanda, Angola late in December 2015. The first cases were confirmed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa on 19 January 2016 and by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

26 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Government of Kenya announcement to close Dadaab Camps

26 May 2016 description

The current Burundi refugee situation in Tanzania began late April 2015. The months that followed saw significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika and other entry points in Kigoma region. The population was relocated to Nyarugusu camp, which was already host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese. The camp quickly ran out of capacity to host the new population, prompting the opening of a new camp, Nduta, in Kibondo district on 07-Oct-2015. Nduta's capacity has been put at 60,000.

25 May 2016 description

The Great Lakes Region highlights the interconnected nature of conflict. This is particularly true for the four focus countries of the Great Lakes Project (GLP), namely Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. This interconnectedness forms the basis of the GLP’s regional approach.

Introduction

25 May 2016 description
  1. Executive Summary

This Annual Evaluation Report provides an overview of evaluation in the Department for International Development (DFID) for 2015.
The report summarises DFID’s evaluation activities in 2015 and highlights progress against the Evaluation Strategy.

25 May 2016 description
report Amref Health Africa

Amref Health Africa can today confirm that the cholera outbreak in Mandera County has already claimed 10 lives and at least 721 people are suspected to have been infected since the first case was reported on April 13. To contain the situation and help put a stop to the spread of the epidemic, we have launched an emergency appeal for Ksh25 million (US$250,000).

24 May 2016 description

Market Highlights

  • The US$/SSP exchange rates exhibited daily fluctuations for the better part of April 2016. The local currency gained slight ground against the USD in the intervening period of signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in the last two weeks of April, only to resume loosing trends thereafter and was exchanging at SSP 36-39/1$ in third week of May in the black market. The persistent shortage of dollars continued to dis-incentivize imports into the country during the reporting month.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • With WFP’s support, the government’s School Nutrition and Meals Strategy is near completion.

  • WFP held a consultative workshop with partners on transitioning asset creation households from transfers starting in July 2016.

  • WFP increased the food assistance of refugees in Kakuma to 100 percent of planned. Those in Dadaab continued to receive differentiated rations based on household size.

24 May 2016 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 24 May 2016
Subjects: (1) Syria, (2) Kenya, (3) Iraq and (4) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

(1) Syria

We condemn the series of suicide and car bombings which took place yesterday morning in the two Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

· Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires USD 117 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees, particularly in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

· Deteriorating food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and the declining economic situation is affecting South Sudanese across the country.

23 May 2016 description

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Monday 5/23/2016 - 13:50 GMT

Kenyan police used tear gas and water cannon on Monday to disperse opposition supporters demanding a change of leadership at the electoral commission ahead of a vote due next year.

Local media reported at least one killed in Kisumu in the west of the country, while police in Nairobi and the second city of Mombasa fought running battles with small groups of protesters.

The opposition CORD party claimed several people killed, but there was no immediate police confirmation of any casualties.

23 May 2016 description

The European Union values Kenya's long history of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees, providing protection to those fleeing persecution, conflicts and other forms of life-threatening insecurity. It is important for the Government of Kenya to maintain its global leadership in this regard.

Against this background, the announcement by the Government of Kenya to close the Dadaab refugee camps and to disband its Department of Refugee Affairs is a matter of concern.

23 May 2016 description

Key Messages

  • The 2016 long rains have been fully established across most parts of the country. The rains have been average to above average in the medium and high potential agricultural areas, which is expected to yield an average to above-average harvest in these areas. However, in the marginal agricultural and pastoral areas, rainfall has been below average in some areas, especially in the southeast and coastal marginal, which is likely to lead to a below-average crop harvest for the marginal areas.

21 May 2016 description
report EastAfrican

The East African Community needs more than $700 million to cater for refugees this year, even as the political instability in Burundi continues to add to the number of displaced people in the region.

Estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) show that Kenya leads the region with an estimated annual budget of $370 million for the more than 600,000 refugees living in camps in the country.

21 May 2016 description

Rainfall deficits continue to increase in the Gulf of Guinea region

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since October 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

20 May 2016 description
report IRIN

By Obi Anyadike

If the Kenyan government is bluffing over its announcement that it will close Dadaab refugee camp by November and repatriate 350,000 Somalis back across the border, then it’s a more elaborate ruse than usual.

Read the fulla rticle on IRIN