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09 May 2017 description

At least 200,000 people were forced to flee their homes due to the escalation of conflict in multiple locations in April. In Jonglei, renewed fighting amidst a government offensive displaced at least 100,000 people from several areas -including Waat and Walgak - to Akobo town, Kaikuiny, Wei-kol, and other remote locations. In Upper Nile, at least 25,000 people were displaced from Tonga, Kodok and surrounding areas during the government offensive on the West Bank. Most arrived in Aburoc, while several thousand moved towards Sudan.

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY MESSAGES

• Kenya is currently experiencing delayed onset of long rains as well as inadequate rainfall where it has rained. Dry conditions across the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), are negatively impacting livestock productivity, and delaying land preparations and planting, further affecting the food security situation.

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The persistent drought in the lowland areas of Ethiopia has increased the vulnerability of the population prompting the government to revise the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 million.

• In view of the growing humanitarian needs in Somalia, World Vision now seeks 37 million US dollars to urgently reach over 1 million people with life saving humanitarian assistance. Consequently, World Vision has amended its appeal for the regional crisis from 92 million to 110 million US dollars.

09 May 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By LUCY MKANYIKA in Mombasa, Kenya

Over 5000 people in Taveta, Taita Taveta County at the Kenya coast have been displaced by floods after heavy rains pounded the area and neighbouring Tanzania.

Residents of Bura Ndogo, Kimorigo, Bahati, Vikwatani, Njoro Kubwa and Chechewa villages were most affected by the floods.

Taveta Red Cross coordinator Joram Oranga said over 900 households were affected.

09 May 2017 description

Over 2.9 million people in Somalia face crisis or emergency level acute food insecurity and need emergency food aid, as a result of below average to failed rains in many areas in 2016 that reduced crop production and harmed livestock. In the current April-June rainy season little to no rainfall occurred across much of Somalia in April, but rain has begun and is forecasted in May. Lack of potable water has accelerated an acute watery diarrhea/cholera outbreak with an estimated 32,000 cases reported since the beginning of the year.

08 May 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

350,819*
South Sudanese arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 April

1,815,486*
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 15 April 2017 (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)

265,921
Refugees in South Sudan (31 March)

1.9 M
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 223,895 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

FUNDING

08 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relocation of Yida refugees and new arrivals continues: During the reporting period, UNHCR relocated 617 refugees including 117 refugees previously settled in Yida and 500 new arrivals to Ajuong Thok and Pamir. Cumulatively, Pamir refugee camp is now home to 10,711 refugees since opening in September 2016. In Yida, UNHCR registered 782 new arrivals. Cumulatively, 5,152 new arrivals have been registered since the beginning of the year 2017.

07 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Japan Ambassador to Kenya visited Dadaab to support the youth

  • On 24th April, the Japan Ambassador to Kenya, HE Toshitsugu Uesawa, visited Dadaab Refugee Camps and donated footballs, uniforms and pumps to youth teams as part of the “Sports for Tomorrow” initiative announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2013.

07 May 2017 description

Contents

  1. Editor's Note

  2. ICT4Peace in the Horn of Africa?

  3. Mollifying the Web in Ethiopia: Matching Practice to Policy

  4. Social Media, Community Policing and the ‘Digitisation’ of public participation in Kenya

  5. Webs of peace and conflict: diasporic engagement in South Sudan

  6. Internet shutdowns as major constraints for digital political activism in the Horn of Africa

EDITOR'S NOTE

07 May 2017 description

As of May 3, 2017, we had received 17 responses via SurveyMonkey, representing more than 15 counties across Kenya, and 14 organisations, including MoE.

According to respondents, the five most important approaches to adopt for Kenya in regard to EiE (by priority ranking) are:

  1. Develop school preparedness plans.

  2. Improve government coordination of EiE.

  3. Improve collaboration between government, UN, and NGO actors.

  4. Integrate disaster preparedness in curricula.

06 May 2017 description

Marginal improvements impeded by delayed and significantly poor long rains

KEY MESSAGES

05 May 2017 description

Desmidt, S., Hauck, V. 2017. Conflict management under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). (Discussion Paper 211). Maastricht: ECDPM.

05 May 2017 description
report UNAIDS

There are around 1.5 million people living with HIV in Kenya, around 400 000 of whom are unaware that they have the virus. If people do not know their status, it is impossible for them to access life-saving treatment.

There are also high numbers of new HIV infections, particularly among young people and among key populations. In 2015, there were an estimated 78 000 new HIV infections in Kenya. And testing rates are low, especially among men, meaning they are not able to benefit from treatment.  

05 May 2017 description

Halim is holding her 12-year-old, Mohammed, who from time to time hits her unintentionally with both his head and hands. Halim is the mother of 10 children, but it is Mohammed, who has cerebral palsy, who requires the most attention, especially now during a time of great need. Mohammed's father does odd jobs to support his family but often cannot find any work and returns home empty-handed.

05 May 2017 description
report Kenya Red Cross

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) distributed food on Saturday 29 April 2017 in Kapus and Loima villages, Turkana County. The food reached 585 households affected by the drought. Present to hand over the food aid to the affected families was the Turkish Ambassador to Kenya Deniz Eke, who recognized the efforts of the Agency and Kenya Red cross Society in tackling the on-going drought situation that has so far affected more than 3 million people.

05 May 2017 description

The Horn of Africa is facing one of the worst droughts in decades, leaving more than 14 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in urgent need of food assistance. Extensive crop failures, record low vegetation coupled with livestock death and limited water resources are affecting the region.

05 May 2017 description

Cash and vouchers have been used in drought response interventions in Kenya for some years. Early warning indicators have triggered crisis payments via the Hunger Safety Net Programme; cash for assets interventions have reached thousands of households and a myriad of cash and voucher programmes have been implemented in urban and rural areas.