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World + 15 others
WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Kenya + 1 other
Mandera skirmishes a spillover from Ethiopia, says DIG Kaindi

In Summary

  • Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi said no local politician had been linked to the conflict.
  • She said that a contingent of security officers has been deployed to contain the situation.
  • Ms Kaindi added that security forces had acted quickly to contain renewed clashes on Tuesday.
  • She dismissed claims that the police did not respond quickly when the fighting started in Rhamu over the weekend.

By GALGALO BOCHA

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Kenya Food Security Outlook Update August 2014

Food security to continue deteriorating in pastoral areas and the Southeast

Key Messages

  • The acutely food insecure population increased from 1.3 million in February to 1.5 million by August according to the results of the Kenya Food Security Steering Group’s (KFSSG) long rains assessment conducted in July. These households were concentrated in pastoral areas in Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Samburu, Isiolo, and Baringo.

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Security Council press statement on Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region

SC/11533

AFR/2954

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom):

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Claims of political control by clan fuel conflict in Mandera

In Summary

  • For years, the two clans have fought over political dominance and control of resources in Mandera County.
  • Claims that the Garres displaced from Wajir were slowly settling in Rhamu have been a concern among the Degodias.

By MUCHEMI WACHIRA

Tension between rival clans in Rhamu, Mandera County has been building up since June, due to claims that one group was resettling in the town.

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Former pastoralists in Northern Kenya gain good yields farming

Report
Adeso

By Fatuma Jimale

As communities across the arid northern Kenya gear up for the possibility of drought and worry about the effects it might have on their lives, one group in the outskirts of Isiolo Town is counting its blessings. The Mawazo Bora self-help group is about to complete harvesting tomatoes, which they grew in part of their two-acre group farm.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Suspect killed, 8 arrested over Mandera clashes as calm returns

One suspect has been killed and eight others arrested in connection with the recent fighting between the Degodia and Garre communities in Mandera, County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo has said.

In an interview with Nation.co.ke, Mr Nkoyo also put the number of people who have died as a result of the conflict that started last Friday at three, including the suspect who was shot by the military after he refused to surrender.

The suspect was found with an AK-47 rifle with 28 rounds of ammunition, Mr Nkoyo said by phone.

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Kenya Red Cross E-Plus Ambulance Attacked in Rhamu, Mandera

Report
Kenya Red Cross

Since 13th May 2014 there has been ongoing inter-clan conflict between the Degodia and Garre communities in both Wajir and Mandera Counties. This has led to 51 people losing their lives, 95 injured and a total of 13,536 HHs displaced.

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AIDS control agency targets drug users in new HIV prevention plan

In Summary

  • Nascop will supply a total of 22,500 bottles of Methadone syrup to people who inject heroin as a measure to help them through rehabilitation.
  • Injectable Drug Users have been identified by the National AIDS Control Council as one of the key populations to be targeted in the fight against HIV.

By NATION REPORTER

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Two more killed in Mandera clashes

In Summary

  • Some 300 people fled their homes and sought refuge at Rhamu Police Station and at the sub-county headquarters.
  • Police said armed members of the Garre and Degodia communities engaged security officers in a fierce gun battle on Sunday before fleeing the town.

By NATION TEAM

At least two people were killed and 43 others injured as fighting between two clans in Mandera County continued for the second day on Monday.

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Can the HIV pandemic in Kenya be curbed?

By WILLIAM HENNEQUIN

Homa Bay Hospital in the late 1990s was a scene of despondency, its wards crowded with people ravaged by Aids. “There was virtually no space in the medical wards, even beside or under the beds,” remembers Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) — Doctor´s Without Borders — then head of mission.

“Each space was occupied by a skinny and obviously terminally ill Aids patient or their caretaker. Overwhelmed and demoralized staffs were encouraging families to take their loved ones home to die.”

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One dead as fighting escalates in Rhamu, Mandera

In Summary

  • There were also reports of more casualties with security personnel being unable to access the town which borders Ethiopia.
  • An unknown number of livestock were reportedly driven to neighbouring Ethiopia.
  • Mandera Governor Ali Roba said the situation was desperate as no security agencies had responded since the attacks began at 5am.
  • Clan fights between the Degodia and Garre have been going on in the recent months.

By ABDIMAALIK HAJIR

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Victims of Mpeketoni raids facing starvation

In Summary

  • “We are sometimes forced to spend more than six hours walking to the hospital. This is a big blow to us,” said an IDP at Mavuno-Poromoko camp, Peter Katithya.
  • He said the IDPs are required to pay Sh5 for a 20-litre jerrycan to the owners of the boreholes, a fee that they can ill afford.
  • The survivors arrived at the camp following the June-July attacks in Lamu that left at least 90 people dead.

By KALUME KAZUNGU

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Kenya + 1 other
Canada Helping Children in Remote Regions of Kenya Access Quality Education

Canada’s support to UNICEF will help provide more children with specialized teachers, safe schools, and more effective delivery of education in remote communities

August 21, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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World + 16 others
Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal: ACT response to support survivors of conflict in Lamu County, Kenya

Report
ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 700,455

Balance Requested: US$ 696,383

Geneva, 20 August 2014

Dear Colleagues,

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Somalia + 5 others
Communique of Ministerial Meeting on the Somali Refugee Situation commits to fresh impetus for durable solutions for Somali refugees

Statement by the Governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen; the African Union; the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development; the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia; the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees upon conclusion of Ministerial Meeting of the High Commissioner’s Global Initiative on Somali Refugees in Addis Ababa on 20 August 2014

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Kenya ranked fourth in HIV infections

In Summary

  • The report proposes several measures including Voluntary Male Circumcision, Antiretroviral Therapy, sustained behaviour change and condom distribution in the war against HIV and other STIs.
  • A new report, ‘The National HIV and Aids Estimates’, launched Wednesday by Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia says there are at least 100,000 new infections in Kenya annually.

By EUNICE KILONZO

By STELLA CHERONO

Kenya has the fourth highest number of Aids infections in the world.