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12 Jan 2018 description
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Ethiopian Oromo refugees fleeing to Kenya to escape persecution say they are finding life on the streets of Nairobi no better than the insecurity they left behind, as they are targeted by bribes and harassment and forced into vast camps with few prospects or protections.

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11 Dec 2013 description
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MOYALE, 11 December 2013 (IRIN) - A fresh outbreak of violence between communities in northern Kenya’s Moyale area – in Marsabit County - has displaced tens of thousands and led the government to take the almost unprecedented step of deploying its troops domestically in an effort to quell the unrest.

The violence, which has broken out intermittently since late 2011, has paralysed business and transport activities.

07 Oct 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 7 October 2013 (IRIN) - Development projects such as new roads, or dams to boost electricity production, must ensure that the human rights of those evicted are not trampled, say campaigners, who are urging international donors to do more to insist that those affected receive adequate compensation and protection.

Population growth, urbanization and pressure on the land could make such evictions more common in Africa in the future, hence the need for a strictly implemented legal code, they say.

06 Sep 2013 description
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MOYALE, 6 September 2013 (IRIN) - Thousands of families remain displaced from the northern Kenya district of Moyale, close to the Ethiopian border, following the latest spate of clan violence, which has left at least two dozen dead since it broke out on 30 August.

Aid agencies say they have been unable to conduct a comprehensive assessment of humanitarian needs, essential for providing emergency assistance to populations in some of the district's more volatile areas.

28 Jun 2013 description
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ISIOLO, 28 June 2013 (IRIN) - The northeastern Kenya county of Mandera is experiencing a spike in inter-clan clashes, with several deaths recorded in the past week. Episodes of insecurity, since March 2012, have affected the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced people as well as access to basic services, say officials.

11 Apr 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 11 April 2013 (IRIN) - Unusually heavy rains have caused havoc across much of east Africa, displacing thousands of people and damaging important infrastructure.

25 Sep 2012 description
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NAIROBI, 25 September 2012 (IRIN) - Faced with environmental degradation that threatens the livelihoods of many people in Africa, a group of 50 religious leaders met in Nairobi earlier this month and pledged to take concrete steps to mitigate the effects of climate change.

In Kenya, the Anglican Church, with an estimated five million followers, committed to increase the country’s forest cover by 10 percent over the next four years, and to promote soil conservation in 100,000 households.

26 Jul 2012 description
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WAJIR, 26 July 2012 (IRIN) - Parts of northeastern Kenya, which are experiencing an early drought after poor March-May long rains, have seen deadly clashes over water and pasture, say officials.

Migrant pastoralists from parts of the northeast and subsistence farmers in the neighbouring eastern and coastal regions of Meru, Kitui and Lamu have clashed, with several deaths reported in Meru and Kitui after the destruction of crops there by large herds of migrating livestock.

19 Jan 2012 description
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ISIOLO, 19 January 2012 (IRIN) - Hundreds of families displaced during weeks of fighting [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=94535 ] between two communities in the northern Kenyan district of Moyale have ignored pleas to return by government officials who say the situation has returned to normal.

12 Dec 2011 description
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NAIROBI, 12 décembre 2011 (IRIN) - Les transferts d'espèces et de bons d'achat sont de plus en plus souvent intégrés dans les opérations de secours humanitaires dans toute la Corne de l'Afrique, en particulier dans les zones d'insécurité, où les restrictions d'accès ont amené à repenser la distribution traditionnelle de l'aide.

24 Oct 2011 description
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LONDON, 24 October 2011 (IRIN) - The border land between Kenya and Ethiopia is a vast, open plain under a big sky. Hard red earth shows through the thin grass of the sun-baked landscape, an expanse of thorny scrub, flat-topped thorn-trees and tall red anthills. There are no fences or other visible boundaries, and few people, just occasional groups of cattle or goats with their herders. To the untutored eye it can look like empty land, where wandering nomads graze their animals at random.

01 Sep 2011 description
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NAIROBI, 1 September 2011 (IRIN) - The race to feed more than 12 million people facing severe food shortages in the Horn of Africa has seen humanitarian agencies make several funding appeals. Donor governments have contributed US$1.46 billion out of the required $2.48 billion.

So far, so traditional. What has not been counted has been the response of ordinary people to the disaster unfolding on their TV screens. Here is a round-up of some initiatives that have tapped into popular philanthropy.

28 Jul 2011 description
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MANDERA/WAJIR, 28 July 2011 (IRIN) - In his village, Kiliwehiri in northeastern Kenya, Abdullah Mohamed is known as "that mentally disturbed man".

"It is difficult to be normal after you have watched your entire life's savings get wiped out before your eyes," said Ibrahim Abdi, assistant chief of the village. "We are Somalis, we look after each other," explained Abdi, so the village shares their rations with Mohamed's family.

04 Jul 2011 description
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NAIROBI, 4 July 2011 (IRIN) - A severe drought ravaging the arid and semi-arid parts of the Horn of Africa region is threatening the livelihoods of pastoral communities, with massive livestock deaths recorded amid an increase in deadly conflict over resources.

Pastoralists depend on livestock for all their basic needs and any losses undermine their economic and food security. Livestock sales are often used to buy grain and lack of milk and meat contribute to high malnutrition levels.

22 Apr 2010 description
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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.

25 Mar 2010 description
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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 …

24 Feb 2010 description
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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?

19 Oct 2009 description
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NAIROBI, 19 October 2009 (IRIN) - As countries across East Africa and the Horn of Africa begin to receive El Niño-related enhanced rainfall, disaster risk reduction experts from 10 countries in the region are meeting in Nairobi to develop strategies for reducing the negative impact of the evolving El Niño phenomenon.

"Africa, and in particular the Horn of Africa, suffers more and more the impact of climate-induced hazards," Pedro Basabe, the Africa programme representative of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), said on 19 October at the beginning of …

29 Nov 2007 description
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NAIROBI, 29 November 2007 (IRIN) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, will repatriate at least 3,000 Sudanese from the Kakuma camp in northern Kenya by end-December, an official told IRIN.

"Two flights are scheduled to leave Kakuma today [29 November]; in fact, one has already left with 39 passengers for Rumbek [Southern Sudan]; the second one will leave later in the day with 42 passengers, also for Rumbek," Emmanuel Nyabera, the UNHCR spokesman, said.

He added that two other flights would leave Kakuma for Rumbek on 30 November, each with 40 passengers.

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26 Jul 2006 description
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