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29 Dec 2010 description

This report is based on information received from the Government, Kenya Red Cross (KRC),National Steering Committee ( NSC), CEWARN, United Nations, Media and other humanitarian partners in the field. The report may therefore not capture all the incidents which occurred.


The cumulative number of people killed between January and 23 December 2010 during resource based conflicts in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs) reached 179. The figure is lower compared to the past two years. Four hundred and twelve killings were reported during the year 2008 and 364 killings in 2009.

25 Oct 2010 description

An innovative new software application that keeps real-time tabs on rainfall and its impact on local farmers could help WFP anticipate droughts in Africa before they're felt. The first platform of its kind, Africa RiskView could also gauge the effects of climate change over the long term.

ROME-Imagine that it's the end of a growing season in East Africa and the harvests have been poor. The rains this year were too little and too late and now millions of people stand to go hungry.

24 Sep 2010 description

Socio-Political developments in Kenya

The High Price of Birth for IDPs in Kenya:

11 Jul 2010 description

Regional food security has gradually improved due to enhanced livestock productivity and value as well as increased food availability in the region. Further improvements in food security conditions are expected due to the July harvest in the bimodal areas of Uganda, and parts of Kenya and Somalia.

- In cropping areas, the main harvest season (July to August) has just started with good crop prospects especially in most of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the belg?dependent areas of Ethiopia, and southern Somalia.

18 Jun 2010 description

1. "Urban refugees" in eastern Africa

1.1. General situation and challenges

In sub-Saharan Africa, seven out of ten refugees still live in camps. Globally, however, it is estimated that half of the 10.5 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) of concern to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reside in urban areas.

18 Jun 2010 description

(Nairobi, 20 June 2010) - On 20 June, World Refugee Day, Jesuit Refugee Service/Eastern Africa urges the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to tap into the potential of refugees and other forced migrants in urban areas. This not only promotes their self-sufficiency, it also contributes to well-being in their host countries.

"There is a tendency to look at urban refugees as a burden.

14 May 2010 description

Key Overall Developments

Hawa Abdi Clinic reopens

The Hawa Abdi Clinic located in the Afgooye Corridor, Lower Shabelle region was reopened during the reporting week following closure after a security incident between armed militia and the clinic guards on 5 May. Patients at the clinic were evacuated and others referred to other health centres nearby.

11 May 2010 description

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Ronald Reagan Building

Washington, DC

May 11, 2010

Thank you all. (Applause.) Thank you all very much. (Applause.) It is so very exciting for me to be here with you today, and we are honored to be joined by three First Ladies. I have, as you might guess, a really soft spot in my heart for First Ladies. (Laughter.) And you will be hearing from them later today, but if we could just ask them to stand- the First Lady of Mozambique, the First Lady of Sierra Leone, and the First Lady of Kenya.

07 May 2010 description


- Drought conditions and food security improve in Kenya after good rains

- Floods displace thousands and destroy property worth millions of Kenyan Shillings

- Draft National IDP Policy reviewed

- Workshop discusses urban vulnerability in Kenya

- Parliament passes proposed draft of Kenyan Constitution amidst concerns

- Cholera outbreak slows down

The information contained in this report has been compiled by OCHA from information received from the field, from national and international humanitarian partners and from other official sources.

22 Apr 2010 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 22 April 2010 (IRIN) - Many Somalis and Ethiopians living in Nairobi's Eastleigh District, often after fleeing violence or persecution, are unable to speak English or Swahili, which makes everyday existence an uphill struggle.

"Language barriers are our main concern.

05 Apr 2010 description
report EastAfrican


Posted Monday, April 5 2010 at 00:00

Why do so many communities in East Africa possess and buy small arms even in "peacetime"?

Why have the numerous disarmament exercises carried out by the Kenyan, Ugandan and Ethiopian authorities failed so signally to reduce the phenomenon?

The answer is that small arms have been integrated into normal daily lives of the East African people as a way of expanding options, rather than as an aspect of abnormal times of war.

Removing weapons from communities is therefore no solution; the aim should be to render …

25 Mar 2010 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 25 March 2010 (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of refugees living in Kenyan cities will continue to suffer police harassment, lack of protection, violation of their human rights and discrimination, as long as the government fails to properly implement recent legislation, says a report by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG), International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK).

"The rights of such refugees to move freely within Kenya and reside in urban areas are currently unclear," Sara Pavanello, a researcher with HPG at the Overseas Development …

19 Mar 2010 description
report PlusNews

NAIROBI, 19 March 2010 (PlusNews) - The diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis is still extremely low despite as many as half a million cases and 150,000 deaths from multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in 2008 globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

"In 2008, there were 29,423 MDR-TB cases reported throughout the world by 127 countries.

24 Feb 2010 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 24 February 2010 (IRIN) - Temperatures seem set to soar to perilously high levels because of climate change. In another 40 years, would maize still be the staple food in Kenya, already hit by five failed rainy seasons? If not, what could people grow and eat?

03 Feb 2010 description

Submitted by Mike on Wed, 03/02/2010 - 13:48

Africa's livestock producers are bucking a trend, by proving resilient to climate change and generating huge economic benefits for their nations and regions, say researchers in a book published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and SOS Sahel.

It shows how pastoralism is a major economic player and contributor to many African economies and one whose importance is only set to grow as climate change takes hold.

"Pastoralists manage complex webs of profitable cross-border trade and draw …