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18 Feb 2017 description

Increased, unseasonal rainfall forecast in some drought-affected areas

KEY MESSAGES

  • Vegetation conditions remain very poor in much of East Africa, following very poor rainfall between October and January in many areas, particularly in Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, northern Kenya, and northeastern Tanzania. Vegetations have continued to deteriorate into February, particularly in the Horn, as the dry season has continued.

17 Feb 2017 description
report Oxfam

Last week Kenya’s High Court upheld refugee rights rooted in regional and international law and declared null and void the government's bid to close Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world.

17 Feb 2017 description

$1.9 BILLION TOTAL REQUIREMENTS

2.3 MILLION REFUGEES

2.1 MILLION INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE

12.8 MILLION NUMBER OF SEVERELY FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE

Situation Overview

16 Feb 2017 description
  • 649.0 M required for 2016

  • 216.2 M contributions received, representing 33% of requirements

  • 432.8 M funding gap for the South Sudan Situation

16 Feb 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR AUGUST 2017

16 Feb 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Five counties in the Mt Kenya region have set aside close to Sh770 million to buy relief food and supply water in areas worst hit by drought.

Officials said the decision to allocate the monies will speed up the process of responding to the disaster.

In Nyeri, the county government has increased funds set aside to mitigate drought by Sh100 million.

According to data released by the county, at least 30,000 people are affected by drought, especially in parts of Kieni Constituency.

16 Feb 2017 description

By Martin Karimi — 15 February 2017

15 Feb 2017 description

Kenya, along with the rest of the world, has struggled to craft a response to tackling violent extremism, especially since militarist groups have been quick to adjust their recruitment methods to adapt to such responses. Widespread narratives seem to suggest that violent extremism has international origins and is inherently a non- Kenyan problem. Yet one of al-Shabaab’s leaders is from Kenya, Kenyan nationals have been recruited into the organization, and extremist attacks continue to take place throughout the country.

15 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Protecting Children of Rape, the Invisible Victims of Conflict and Political Violence

By Agnes Odhiambo

Akinyi was only 11 years old when three men broke into her home in Kericho, Kenya, in December 2007, as post-election violence raged, and gang raped her and her mother. Akinyi became pregnant, but did not want anything to do with the baby girl she bore.

14 Feb 2017 description

Soaring cost of basic staples is an extra challenge for pastoralists as livestock prices fall

14 February 2017, Rome - Drought throughout East Africa has sharply curbed harvests and pushed the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

A resident of Kiwanja in Isiolo carries meat distributed by the government through the livestock off-take programme on February 4, 2017. The National Drought Management Authority now says over 80,000 Isiolo residents are in need of relief food.

The number of people facing starvation in Isiolo County has increased from 60,000 to 80,000 according to a short rain assessment report by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).

These people are now in dire need of relief food.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Greenpeace

Since October, a severe drought, influenced by the effects of climate change and La Niña, has ravaged East and Horn of Africa. Over 11 million people have been affected while pasture livestock are dying off by the thousands. It is clear that urgent, life-saving measures need to be taken.

14 Feb 2017 description

GENEVA (14 February 2017) – Three United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government of Kenya to cease its systematic crackdown on civil society groups, which has intensified in the lead-up to national elections scheduled in August.

“We are extremely alarmed at the increasing number of attacks on civil society as the elections draw closer,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai; on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye; and on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Lake Turkana water levels down, further drop expected

(Nairobi) – Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today.