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28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

POPULATION

Since the influx of Dec 2013, 29,300 SSD children have been received, making up over 64% of the total population received.

27 Mar 2015 description

KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, March 27 (UNHCR) – Naomi Chol studied at a school funded and supported by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, but the 16-year-old from South Sudan has become a celebrity herself in a Kenyan refugee camp.

"Everywhere I go, people call me and come to shake my hand," she tells visitors to Kakuma camp where she studied in a school known locally as the Angelina Jolie Primary School. It was set up by the UNHCR Special Envoy in 2002 to cater for girls with special protection needs.

25 Mar 2015 description

1. Executive Summary

The Kenya refugee operation is often cited as an example of a protracted refugee situation with traditional refugee camps in place for the past 20 or so years. In the last four years, however, the operation has been anything but static in responding to two major influxes from neighbouring countries while undergoing a transition in terms of partnerships and innovations in assistance delivery.

25 Mar 2015 description

Appeal history

  • A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 19 October 2011 for CHF 27,618,017 (plus an estimated CHF 3,050,000 for emergency response units) to assist 60,000 beneficiaries for 12 months.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 500,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society set up the operations in Dadaab.

  • An Emergency Appeal was launched on 29 November 2011 for CHF 26,154,197 to assist 76,000 beneficiaries for 12 months.

23 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 19 March 2015, Kakuma had received 45,431 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As at 15 March, 181,119 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.9% of the registered population.

23 Mar 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • They said all police reservists in the village had been killed either while guarding herders at grazing fields or helping in recovering stolen animals.
  • Mrs Amase broke into tears as she recalled how the bodies of the two, with bullet wounds in the head and abdomen, were brought in by herders.
  • Mr Auren Lokorie, a village elder, said they live in fear each day and the women are turning to brewing illicit liquor to provide for their children.

By SAMMY LUTTA

20 Mar 2015 description
report Amref Health Africa

Every morning before sunrise, women and children in Kenya’s Samburu County embark on an arduous journey, one that takes them miles away from their homes in search of water. By then, the men and young warriors would have left to look for pasture for their livestock.

20 Mar 2015 description
report Malteser

A travel report from drought-afflicted Northern Kenya

Roland Hansen, head of Malteser International’s Africa team, spent five days travelling the Illeret region of Northern Kenya. After the great drought in the summer of 2011, Malteser International, amongst others, has been building rain-water collection systems and wells in order to ensure a better water supply for the semi-nomads who live there, and help protect them from the potentially disastrous consequences of further dry periods. Here he reports some of his impressions:

19 Mar 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ALEX NJERU

Children in Tharaka-Nithi County feed on poor diets despite the availability of nutritious foods, according to a nutritionist.

As a result, more than half of the county’s children under age of five (56 per cent) are stunted, the head of nutrition in the Ministry of Health Gladys Mugambi, said Wednesday.

The county leads in stunting countrywide, she said in Chogoria Town during a health workshop sponsored by Grassroots Alliance for Community Education (Grace) Africa.

18 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

22,456 Identified unaccompanied minors

9 Households provided with cash grants in year 2015

98,596 NFIs distributed since January 2015

184 Shelters distributed since January 2015

17 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The vegetation condition index value reduced from (32.98) in January to 23.86 in February but is within the moderate drought category. The value is below and worse for four sub counties which are in the severe drought condition category counties of Dadaab, Dujis (township) Lagdera and Balambala recorded 13.46, 10.17,17.35and 13.93 respectively. Fafi is in moderate drought condition category and have dropped from normal in the previous month.

17 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Dry and hot weather condition prevailed in the month under review hence no rainfall received

  • The state of most water sources was fair at a normal range of 4-5 but in declining trend

  • The vegetation condition index VCI-3month was 38.72 which was above normal range of 35-50

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

17 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall over February 2015. The drought condition is severe in pastoral livelihood zone.

  • Current Vegetation condition Index (VCI) was 21.09. This indicates severe drought conditions. Current VCI declined by a value of 4 compared to 26 (January 2015).

  • Surface Water sources worsened, underground yielding little water; borehole breakdowns common in pastoral LZ: kulamawe, sericho.sanddams dried in oldonyiro.

17 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

The six months cumulative rainfall (Sep 2014 – Feb 2015) recorded 13.0 % deficit of the long term average. Water situation for February was below normal

Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

There were some livestock intra and out migrations while their body condition was at the borderline indicating an alert drought stage. The percentage of under fives who were at risk of malnutrition was within the normal range but rapidly worsening.

17 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • 3-month VCI was 43.76 therefore classifying the county vegetation across all livelihood zones as normal but deteriorating as compared to the previous month.

  • 3-month SPI for the county was 0.15 classifying the county generally as wet.

17 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

17 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Most physical indicators did not show any unusual fluctuations outside the expected seasonal range

  • The vegetation condition index VCI-3month was 46.67 which was within the normal of 40-50.

  • The SPI value for the county is -0.46 which falls under the normal rainfall category. The value is within the normal range of -1 to 1.

  • The state of water sources was below normal at 3-4 compared to 5 normally.

17 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

The percentage average rainfall to that of the long term average for the month of February was 0% which was below the normal range. No rainfall was received in the month of February compared to the Long term average of 1.33 mm for the month of February.