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27 May 2015 description
  • Beneficial rainfall in the driest regions of Ethiopia and Djibouti; little rainfall for eastern areas of the Horn of Africa.

  • Moisture surpluses emerge in far western portions of the Western Africa region, while deficits remain to the east.

27 May 2015 description

27 May 2015: MSF can confirm that following a series of recent incidents in the area of Dadaab, 40 staff members have been relocated to Nairobi. This is a preventive measure which will unfortunately have a direct impact on our ability to provide much-needed medical assistance to refugees. Two out of four health posts have already been closed as a result, and some medical services, such as antenatal care, have been suspended. MSF will continue to evaluate the situation, hoping that security in the camps for the refugees and our staff can be assured.

27 May 2015 description

Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.

27 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Five people were killed and at least 10 injured after pastoralists from two communities clashed over water in Attan, Isiolo County, on Tuesday.

The pastoralists from Turkana and Samburu communities engaged in a nine-hour gun battle at a watering point in Attan.

Isiolo Deputy Commissioner Julius Maiyo confirmed that the four died at the scene while the wounded were taken to Isiolo Level Four Hospital. A fifth body was found at the scene Wednesday morning.

Mr Maiyo said security officers have been deployed to the area to avoid further clashes.

27 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • Kenya has undergone a secession of poor rainy seasons, with the last good rainfall seasonal pattern having occurred in 2013. The Long rains season of 2015 performed poorly in the beginning of the season but picked up in most parts of the country by end of April.
    However, pockets in Northern– and Northeastern pastoral zones (parts of Marsabit, Wajir and Isiolo) have received below normal rains and are of special concern as well as pockets in Kitui.

27 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • At least 100 children under five have also been admitted to the hospital.

  • “We have talked all to nurses who were away to resume duty due to the high number of children being admitted each day,” he said Tuesday.

  • “I call on patients to utilise the drugs we have given them and those who feel symptoms persisting should not hesitate to pay us a visit,” he added.

By BENSON AMADALA

27 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • In Garissa, Mandera and Wajir more than 1,000 non-indigenous teachers have refused to return to work since January for fear of terrorist attacks.

  • More than 200 students of Garissa Teachers Training College have sought transfers following the killing of 148 students and workers at Garissa University College in April.

  • Knut boycotted Tuesday’s meeting, saying it was a waste of time as it had no specific agenda.

26 May 2015 description

Current Conditions: Regional Highlight

• Minimal food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) in parts of Sudan, western & central Ethiopia, agricultural areas of Uganda, western Kenya, southwest South Sudan, northern Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi but stressed (IPC Phase 2) in most pastoral areas;

• Crisis and emergency food insecurity remains a concern mostly in DRC, CAR and conflict-affected states of South Sudan, parts of NE Kenya, NE Ethiopia, some districts in Karamoja, Darfur in Sudan, IDP sites in Somalia;

26 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 21 May 2015, Kakuma had received 45,852 asylum seekers from South Sudan.

  • As at 17 May, 183,492 refugees and asylum seekers had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese refugees making up 50.1% of the total camp population.

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

Operational Context  UNHCR continued to conduct border monitoring visits to Nadapal three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) to ensure that asylum seekers received at the border have unhindered access to asylum and are treated humanely.

26 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, May 23 2015 (IPS) - Acute watery diarrhoea is a major killer of young children but misunderstanding over the benefits of fluid treatment is preventing many Kenyan parents from resorting to this life-saving technique and threatening to reverse the strides that the country has made in child health.

25 May 2015 description

Communiqué

Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region

Nairobi, 22 May 2015

25 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NATION REPORTER

The repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp will resume this week.

The relocation was suspended due to heavy rains that affected roads, according to the Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Haron Komen.

So far 2,050 Somali refugees who were living in Dadaab camp, the world’s largest refugee camp, had been repatriated up to early April when the exercise was put on hold.

Mr Komen said on Friday that the number of refugees to be repatriated will increase when the exercise resumes next week.

25 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • The situation is aggravated by changing weather patterns, which are largely attributable to human activities, but few are aware of, or care about, the looming disaster.

  • Experts say climate change is ‘hard’ and ‘uninteresting’, so very few people pay attention to it, even in academia.

  • Besides, those who are aware of it either have the wrong knowledge or do not think it merits urgent attention. Consequently, practices such as deforestation, and burning of car tyres and plastics continue unabated.

24 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Asia and South Asia

Nepal Earthquake