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UNHCR Kenya Kakuma Operational Update 17 – 23 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 23rd October, 43,940 new arrivals have been received since the beginning of influx. This brings the total camp population to 178,922..
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Garissa County Drought Monthly Early Warning Bulletin – September 2014

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • The month remained dry all through with no rainfall recorded in all the sub counties.

  • The quality and quantity of pasture and browse deteriorated and is depleted in the wet season grazing areas mostly in the pastoral cattle /sheep zone, in the other livelihood zones where dry period grazing areas are situated the condition of pasture is scarce and browse as poor with high pressure exerted on by livestock concentrations.

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Ijara Sub-County Drought Monitoring Bulletin - September 2014

Situation overview

  • Scattered coastal showers were received in the third week of month under review in some parts of Hulugho and Ijara sub counties.

  • The quantity and quality of water in most of the water pans continued to deteriorate and anticipated to last for three weeks. The most affected areas were Sangailu, Elkambere and Gerille locations where all the water pans have dried up.

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Kajiado County Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Bulletin, September 2014

Situation Overview

  • The county experienced dry and cold weather conditions in the month of September. Some “off season” light rains were experienced in the last dekad of August and in the 2nd dekad of September (14.5 mm). However, both temporal and spatial distribution was poor. The six months cumulative rainfall had a 72.4% deficit.

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Kilifi County Drought Monitoring Early Warning Bulletin - September 2014

Situation Overview:

  • There was an 11% increase in average amount of rainfall recorded in the county during the month of September to 38.4 mm compared to the previous month and this was normal at this time of the year when compared to long term mean.

  • On average pasture and browse condition in the month under review was fair in cash cropping/dairy, mixed farming and food cropping but poor in livestock farming zone.

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Makueni County Drought Monthly Bulletin for September 2014

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • The drought early warning stage for the month of September is Alert and the trend is deteriorating.

  • No rainfall was reported was reported in September, the month was hot and sunny.

  • The water situation in the Marginal Farming livelihood zones was fair, in the Marginal Mixed farming Livelihood zone water stress was being experienced since the water levels had gone down especially in rivers and Earth Dams. This has led to an increase in waiting time at the available sources.

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Meru County Drought Monthly Bulletin - September 2014

Situation Overview

  • The last four weeks remained largely dry which is normal for this time of the year

  • Declines in pasture and browse quality and quantity were noted this month compared to last month. Current conditions are not normal.

  • Average distances to grazing areas declined marginally to 13 km from 14 km the previous month.

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Nyeri Kieni Sub-County Drought Monthly Bulletin for September 2014

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall of 20.8 mm was realised during the month accounting for over 300 percent on normal rains.

  • Kieni lowland continued to registered poor vegetation conditions which were of poor quality and quantity. Depletion rate was high due to competition over scarce foliage that has left most dry season grazing fields highly depleted and bare.

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Childhood Disability and Malnutrition in Turkana Kenya - A Summary Report for Stakeholders and Policy

What is this report about?

CBM in collaboration with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as the Kenyan Red Cross conducted a research study in the Horn of Africa crisis region about “Childhood Disability and Malnutrition in Turkana/Kenya”. The aim of the study was to assess whether children with disabilities were included within humanitarian and food security response programmes in Turkana, and whether there is an association between disability and malnutrition.

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Tharaka Nithi County Drought Monthly Bulletin – September 2014

Situation Overview:

  • Dry weather conditions prevailed throughout the month with no rainfall being recorded across the entire County.

  • As a result of continued dry spell, the satellite-derived Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) depicted significantly below average vegetation conditions compared to the 2001 to 2010 mean.

  • Pasture and browse quality and quantity were poor and have continued to diminish compared to the month of August.

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Taita Taveta County Drought Monthly Bulletin – September 2014

Situation Overview

  • In the month of September the county received low rainfall amounts. These rains were reported from 7 th to 15th of the month. In most stations rainfall amounts ranged between 18.6 – 25.5 mm in the highlands while 5 – 9 mm in the lowlands.

  • Areas that recorded rainfall are Lushangonyi, Wongonyi, Mwarungu and Teri situated in the highlands and Mwachawaza, Mwakitau, Kasigau, Mata and Njukini in the lowlands.

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Marsabit County Drought Early Warning Bulletin – September 2014

Situation Overview

  • Rainfall received in Marsabit central amounted to 7.5 mm. Heavy downpour was received on 2nd September 2014 in parts of Loiyangalani and North Horr which is not normal at this time of the year

  • Drought response interventions were launched on 10th September 2014 by H.E the Governor in Hawaye and Jaldesa. This is part of Drought Contingency Fund (DCF) requested through NDMA. Several activities are ongoing to cushion vulnerable households.

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Embu County Drought Monthly and Early Warning Bulletin – September 2014

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • The month of September marks the climax of the long dry season. Sunny weather prevailed most of the days of the month.

  • The predominant agricultural activity in the month was land preparation, tilling and planting across the two livelihood zones. This is in readiness for the October December short rains.

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West Pokot County Drought Early Warning Bulletin – September 2014

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The current percentage of average rainfall was 50 – 80% of the normal. This was below normal range of 80 - 120% of the normal.

  • Chesegon (pastoral), Sigor (agro pastoral), Sook (agro pastoral) and major parts of Alale, Kiwawa, Kasei and Konyao (all pastoral) recorded rains amount of 20 mm – 40 mm.

  • The water availability is below normal for the period but showing improving trends.

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Innovation: UNHCR and Vodafone bring tablet-based learning to 18,000 Somali refugees

DADAAB, Kenya, October 9 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and the Vodafone Foundation have this month opened centres equipped with mobile technology that will allow thousands of young Somalis to complement, supplement and further their studies in Kenya's sprawling Dadaab refugee complex.

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Joint Assessment Mission – Kenya Refugee Operation Dadaab (23 - 27 June 2014) and Kakuma (30 June – 1 July 2014) Refugee camps

The 2014 WFP and UNHCR Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) set out to assess the overall service provision including supply of food and non-food items as well as their impact on food security and nutrition status of the beneficiaries in both Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. The mission comprised donor representatives, stafffrom WFP, UNHCR, Government of Kenya and various national and international NGOs undertaking various specialized assistance programmes within the refugee camps.

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School enrolment drops as cattle rustling thrives in Baringo County

In Summary

  • December 2012, armed bandits hit Arabal Primary School school and villages around, stealing cattle, destroying property and displacing residents.

  • At that time, 17 people were killed, the more reason why most of them do not want to go back.

  • Children walk from as far as ten kilometers, crossing seasonal rivers to get to school, unsure of their security.

  • Most schools in this county have been recording fluctuating number of enrolled pupils as people in the area keep fleeing from their villages.

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UNHCR Kenya Kakuma Operational Update 25th – 30th September 2014

Highlights

  • As at 30th September 2014, Kakuma had received 43,587 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 178,580. As at 30th September 174,825 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA.

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Kenyan School Feeding Program Powers Bodies, Minds

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Voice of America

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Lenny Ruvaga

NAIROBI, KENYA— In Kibera, a large and poor informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, one school is doing more than feeding students’ minds. It also is feeding their stomachs.

Thirty-two year-old Mildred Auma goes about her daily routine. Every morning at 6 o'clock she wakes her son Augustine and prepares him for school.

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Five schools shut due to biting hunger

By KALUME KAZUNGU

Starvation in Basuba Ward of Lamu East has forced the closure of five schools.

Milimani, Mangai, Mararani and Basuba primary schools were closed two months ago while Bar’goni Primary School was shut due to low turnout by pupils.

Mararani Primary School headmaster Michael Njoroge said many students dropped out to join their parents in search of food.

FEEDING ROGRAMME

Mr Njoroge called on the government to introduce school feeding programme in all the schools of the region for learning to resume.