Kenya: Humanitarian Briefing Note (as of June 2014)

Context overview

  • The humanitarian situation in Kenya has improved significantly in recent years due to good rains and sustained efforts in preparedness and resilience-building by the Government and humanitarian partners.

  • However, the recent below-average Short Rains season has had a negative impact on the food security situation, increasing the population in need of food assistance from 850,000 in September 2013 to 1,290,000 in January 2014.

  • This situation is likely to deteriorate following below-average rainfall in eastern parts of the country during March and April 2014.

  • This situation requires both immediate action in food assistance and long-term efforts in resilience building. Since the beginning of the conflict in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, over 37,000 new refugees have arrived in Kenya. According to the latest UNHCR estimates, a total of 100,000 South Sudanese refugees could arrive by year end.

  • Inter-communal conflict continues to affect communities in hot spot areas of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASA Ls). In late May and early June conflict in the areas bordering Wajir and Mandera led to the death of 30 people and has affected more than 78,000 people.

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