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27 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Five people were killed and at least 10 injured after pastoralists from two communities clashed over water in Attan, Isiolo County, on Tuesday.

The pastoralists from Turkana and Samburu communities engaged in a nine-hour gun battle at a watering point in Attan.

Isiolo Deputy Commissioner Julius Maiyo confirmed that the four died at the scene while the wounded were taken to Isiolo Level Four Hospital. A fifth body was found at the scene Wednesday morning.

Mr Maiyo said security officers have been deployed to the area to avoid further clashes.

27 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • In Garissa, Mandera and Wajir more than 1,000 non-indigenous teachers have refused to return to work since January for fear of terrorist attacks.

  • More than 200 students of Garissa Teachers Training College have sought transfers following the killing of 148 students and workers at Garissa University College in April.

  • Knut boycotted Tuesday’s meeting, saying it was a waste of time as it had no specific agenda.

26 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 21 May 2015, Kakuma had received 45,852 asylum seekers from South Sudan.

  • As at 17 May, 183,492 refugees and asylum seekers had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese refugees making up 50.1% of the total camp population.

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

Operational Context  UNHCR continued to conduct border monitoring visits to Nadapal three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) to ensure that asylum seekers received at the border have unhindered access to asylum and are treated humanely.

24 May 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Drought Phase: ALERT

Biophysical Indicators

  • Biophysical indicators show some unusual fluctuations outside the expected seasonal range. o Good rainfall was received in the month -above normal. o The vegetation condition index VCI-3month is below normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators:

  • There are decreased livestock migrations in search of water and pasture. Minimum security related/restricted animals movements were reported.

22 May 2015 description
report Adeso

Members of the environmental club at Nomadic Girls Boarding Primary School in Kalacha, Marsabit Count in Kenya, were excited when their new vegetable garden produced its first harvest of kale and spinach. The girls donated their first harvest to the school kitchen to supplement the evening meal for 700 pupils, creating palpable excitement in the school dining hall.

22 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • This follows a boycott of work by some teachers due to insecurity in the north eastern region.

  • Many teachers, including those recently recruited, have not reported to their work stations, affecting the teaching of a number of subjects.

  • Despite having engaged Form Four leavers to fill the gap, students are not getting quality teaching.

  • The insecurity experienced along the border towns has made it difficult for the educational officers to carry out their duties.

20 May 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall received has seen a significant increase over the last one month.

  • The rainfall received so far is within normal range.

  • Major water sources for the county during the month were traditional wells, natural rivers, pans and dams ,shallow wells, boreholes and springs, accounting for 38%, 19%, 16%, 4% , 8% and 5% respectively which is normal around this time.

20 May 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

The County received normal to below normal rainfall in the month of April which was fairly distributed in temporal and spatial distribution.

Pasture and browse conditions improved in most parts of the County.

The county’s 3-monthly VCI was 19.0 which was indication of improved vegetation coverage in the County The county’s SPI was 0.42 with all sub-counties having an SPI value of within the normal at this time of the year.

15 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 14 May 2015, Kakuma had received 45,846 asylum seekers from South Sudan.

  • On 14 May 2015, Supply unit had a one day mission from Nairobi on Emergency supply team. The aim of the mission was to generally get an overview of the refugee operation and to exactly know what logistical activities are undertaken in the field.

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

Operational Context

15 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • In West Pokot, learning has been paralysed at Seruben and Pokochon primary schools in Masol after most children migrated with their parents in search of food as relief supplies dwindle. \

  • Sigor MP Philip Rotino yesterday urged the national government to declare the famine a national disaster and hasten distribution of relief food.

11 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

22,994 Identified unaccompanied minors

12 Households provided with cash grants in year 2014

188,120 NFIs distributed since January

216 Shelters distributed since January

11 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • The Sondu-Miriu community library was built in 2001.
  • In 2013, the library registered 27,000 users with a daily average of 74.

By EVERLINE OKEWO

The Nation Media Group has donated books to a community library in Kisumu county.

The Sondu-Miriu community library in Nyakach, located a few kilometres from the Kenya Electrical Generating Company, brings education closer to those who are unable to attend school.

07 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Chief Education Officer Abdi Mohamed said to avert a crisis, the county government had submitted a list of retired teachers to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for re-employment.
  • He said the county government was spending more than Sh7 million monthly paying about 600 intern teachers for both primary and secondary schools.
  • He accused trained teachers of using Mandera as a job-hunting ground and abandoning it once they had a TSC number and were on the payroll.

By MANASE OTSIALO

05 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • More than 1,000 teachers have refused to go back to the region since January, citing insecurity that followed the massacre of teachers in late 2014 and the last month’s murder of 142 students of Garissa University College.

  • However, Baringo County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo said all the affected schools would be reopened and provided with adequate security.

  • At Moinonin Primary School in Baringo North Sub-county, out of the 272 pupils, only three turned up on Monday.

04 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 30 April 2015, Kakuma had received 45,760 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As at 26 April, 182,713 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 50% of the registered population.

04 May 2015 description

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2015

Today, Secretary Kerry announced over $45 million in additional funding to help the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protect and assist some 600,000 refugees residing in Kenya. The United States applauds the tremendous hospitality of Kenya in providing a safe haven for so many refugees. Details of the announcement:

04 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • He called on parents to co-ordinate with school management to ensure that their children are safe on their way to school and also within learning institutions.

  • He said Kenyans are living in a volatile and unpredictable situation and must be prepared at all times, noting that the government seems more reactive than preventive.

29 Apr 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • The children are mainly found in remote and marginalised areas, regions affected by conflict as well as those inhabited by nomads, the CS said.

  • According to the report, over 40 per cent of children from the poorest families in slums attend private schools. The number has increased steadily since the introduction of free primary education in 2003.

  • The report indicates that abolishing fees does not seem to have helped children in the nomadic communities to enrol in school.

By OUMA WANZALA

28 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Video

Gabe Joselow
Last updated on: April 27, 2015 12:53 PM

DADAAB, KENYA— When Bilado Hassan came to the Kenyan town of Dadaab in 1992, the future home of Africa’s largest refugee camp was nothing more than an open expanse of dry, dusty land spotted with a few low-lying scrubby bushes.

“We were brought here, a place with just open land, no trees, no houses and so much wind,” she says.