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Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

UN Women

Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence.

In the world’s largest refugee complex — the sprawling Dadaab settlement in Kenya’s North Eastern Province — women listen attentively during a business management workshop held at a hospital in one of its newest camps, Ifo 2.

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Ethiopia + 2 others
The World Bank mobilizes additional funds to help Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa

World Bank

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an additional International Development Association (IDA)* credit of US$75 million to improve the livelihoods and resilience of pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. It will also help to strengthen the organizational capacity of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional organization that works to promote regional cooperation, including the sustainable development of pastoralism in the Horn of Africa

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Crop farming pays off for pastoralists

In Summary

  • With the support of a local NGO, the families ventured into crop farming following the loss of their livestock to drought. A year after doing so, they are making huge profits.
  • Mr Hussein said he was left with nothing else to do in his Abaqdera Village before Adeso, an international NGO, offered them technical training on farming.


Residents in the drought-prone county have abandoned livestock keeping for crop farming, and the new activity is paying off.

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ACTED beehives provide income in West Pokot, Kenya

WEST POKOT [ACTED News] - In Kenya’s West Pokot region ACTED is working with the Kenyan Red Cross and support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to increase communities’ ability to mitigate risks and support them in diversifying their livelihoods. One of the ways this is being done is through the provision of grants to Village Planning Committees in the region. One community has chosen to purchase 75 bee hives and 16 honey harvesting kits. The honey that they produce will be used for both consumption within the community, and for commercial use.

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Fishing for a living in the desert wastes of northern Kenya

KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, October 22 (UNHCR) – Noah Ilambona has been a fisherman all his life, so the refugee from Burundi felt completely lost when he ended up in the arid reaches of north-west Kenya after fleeing home in 2010 with his wife and first child.

"I was happy to have found safety. The fighting was terrible back home," admitted the 30-year-old, who fled to Kakuma Refugee Camp from his village on the banks of Mulembwe River, which feeds into Lake Tanganyika.

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South Sudan + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan situation map (October 2014)

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South Sudan + 3 others
East African leaders in South Sudan to push for peace

10/22/2014 - 10:03 GMT

Juba, Soudan du Sud | AFP | Wednesday 10/22/2014 - 10:03 GMT | 256 words

East African leaders met South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday in the latest push to end over 10 months of a civil war that has devastated the young nation.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda arrived in the war-torn nation's capital on a one-day visit to discuss the "on-going peace process", a spokesman in Kiir's office told AFP.

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South Sudan + 4 others
IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep, 13 - 19 October 2014


  • South Sudan: 12 IOM staff trained on mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies.

  • Ethiopia: Close to 63,000 refugees need to be relocated from the camps and transit centres to Okugu Refugee Camp.

  • Kenya: IOM and UNHCR have provided transportation assistance to 32,452 refugees since 15 December 2013.


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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

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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Ethiopia + 6 others
HIV/Aids complicates fight against kala azar


The numbers

  • 300,000 - Or 90 per cent new cases of Kala azar infections every year. Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, and Sudan are the most affected countries, according to the World Health Organization.

  • 35 - Countries in which VL-HIV cases are reported.

  • 20pc to 40 per cent of patients with VL were also found to be infected with HIV in North Africa, one of the hardest hit areas.

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New child-friendly HIV pill set for launch

In Summary

  • At the moment, children living with the virus take four to five different syrups of the formulation which has a bitter taste and is proving to be a real struggle getting them to take.

  • Paediatric HIV is now classified as “neglected” because majority of the victims come from poor and marginalised families who have little access to basic health care.


A child-friendly anti-retroviral that combines different drugs needed to manage HIV/Aids will soon be available in Kenya.

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City evaluates flood damage

In Summary

  • Nairobi has over 4,000 kilometres of roads which were turned them into rivers during the downpour. Parts of some roads were washed away, disrupting traffic.

  • Services at Kenyatta National Hospital, the biggest referral hospital in East Africa, almost came to a standstill when Kenya Power disconnected electricity, attributing the decision to the heavy downpour.


City county officials are assessing the destruction on the drainage system after massive flooding on Friday.

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Kenyan farmers back referendum push for more local aid


Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:26 GMT
Author: Kagondu Njagi

RUKINDU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It has never been in Miriam Kinyua’s nature to challenge authority, but these days the mother of six can’t restrain herself. She is one of a growing number of poor farmers calling for a referendum to improve their position under Kenya’s county government system.

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Almost seven years on, where is the justice for Kenya's victims of post-election violence?


By James Mwangi, Governance and Human Rights Officer in Kenya, and Julian Waagensen, Governance and Human Rights Policy Officer

9 October 2014: Huge crowds shout themselves hoarse along the major streets of Nairobi as the presidential motorcade slithers from the airport to the city centre.

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Warmer Days a Catastrophe in the Making for Kenya’s Pastoralists

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Seif Hassan is a pastoralist from Garissa, Northern Kenya, some 380 kilometres outside of the capital, Nairobi. He sells his animals at the Garissa livestock market where, during a good season, pastoralists can sell up to 5,000 animals per week and “it is a cash-making business.”

“In a good season, an ox can go for as much as 1,000 dollars, a heifer for 560 dollars while a camel can be sold for as much as 3,400 dollars,” he tells IPS.

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Ethiopia + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis - Regional Impact Situation Report #40, 15 October 2014


  • WFP requires US$106 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals from South Sudan and existing refugees in all four countries.

  • The resource situation remains critical in all the four countries. Shortfalls may require WFP to implement ration cuts and suspend programmes, in order to prioritize assistance for new arrivals. This will have a negative impact on the nutrition situation of beneficiaries.

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World + 31 others
IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

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