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06 Aug 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

by Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 2018 (IPS) - Previously characterised by belligerence, based on competition for resources, the border regions of Eastern Africa can sense the blissful wind of peace approaching.

23 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Court ordered them to be repatriated to Ethiopia after payment of fine.

By Bruhan Makong

Thirty-five Ethiopian nationals have been charged with being in the country illegally.

The illegal immigrants, who were arrested on Friday at Buna trading centre, were presented at the Wajir Law Courts on Monday.

The immigrants told Wajir Resident Magistrate Mugendi Nyaga they were fleeing clashes between border communities on the border of Ethiopia's Oromia regional state and the country's southern region.

24 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The Moyale district in Ethiopia continues to experience armed skirmishes that are causing refugees to fear for their safety. Kenya must not push refugees back by making life difficult for them in Kenya. The risk of serious human rights violations in Ethiopia is still very real.

By VICTOR NYAMORI

Ayantu, a 53-year-old mother of seven, had just finished preparing lunch for her children when military personnel surrounded her village.

20 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Sora Halake

Dawit Gelmo

NAIROBI, KENYA — Two months ago, Kote Adi fled Moyale, Ethiopia, after government soldiers there opened fire on civilians, killing at least nine. Kote and his pregnant wife found shelter in a tent in northeastern Kenya’s Dambala Fachana refugee camp, but weeks of heavy rain have displaced them again.

“Our plastic shelters were flooded with water,” said Kote Adi, who is settling into a new tent site on higher ground.

01 May 2018 description
report Internews Network

As World Press Freedom Day takes place in Ghana May 3, Internews Regional Director for Africa addresses the challenges to media freedom facing the continent

It’s difficult to talk about freedom of the media in Africa today, without talking about the worrying events happening in East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. Restrictions of and challenges to the media in these countries illustrate current declines in media freedom at the regional level, and reveal a level of hostility toward the media and contraction of civic space openly encouraged by leaders.

01 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Five countries hosting Somali refugees asked to speed up legislation to allow free movement, education and employment for the refugees.
- Despite efforts by the Somalia government to create a conducive environment for voluntary return supported by the international donors, the security situation has not improved forcing these countries to accommodate considerable number of returnees.

By Fred Oluoch

26 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti and Yemen — home to about 900,000 Somali refugees — are still struggling to ease movement of refugees, integrate them into national development programmes and give them access to services and jobs.

This is mainly because international partners that support the Nairobi Action Plan created in March last year, are constrained by funding other programmes elsewhere, among them security and environmental degradation.

24 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
- The refugees are fleeing a crackdown in which the Ethiopian government is accused of killing at least 13 people.
- County Secretary Malich Boru said there are now 9,667 refugees.
- They are camping at Butiye social hall, Somare, an NGO camp at Moyale, a plot owned by Governor Mahmoud Mohamed and Dambala Fachana Village.

By Gitonga Marete and Irene Mwendwa

14 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sora Halake

Residents of a Kenyan refugee complex, who said their camps lacked adequate water, shelter, health care and other necessities, say they have seen significant improvements since they aired the grievances three months ago.

11 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

-Maize production is expected to decline by between 20 and 30 per cent this crop year due to insufficient long rains and infestation by the fall armyworm across 27 counties.

  • A ban on maize exports by Tanzania saw exports to Kenya plunge by 54 per cent below average, and mostly through informal channels, according to Ministry of Agriculture data.

29 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sora Halake

Last year, aid agencies and the Kenyan government set up a new settlement for refugees in the northwestern town of Kalobeyei. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) made a point of saying that Kalobeyei would not be a refugee camp. Instead, it would be an "integrated community," where refugees and local residents could do business together, live in harmony and access services offered by UNHCR through local partners.

But for Galgalo Arero, an Ethiopian refugee and father of three, the real Kalobeyei is very different than the dream.

03 Jul 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By ANDUALEM SISAY in Addis Ababa

The ongoing drought in the Horn and southern African countries and armyworms invasion, pose a major food security threat to the continent, official said.

The African Union Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, Mrs Josefa Sacko, said armyworms affected maize production in close to half of the African countries, especially those already under stress due to the recent droughts in the Horn and southern Africa.

19 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

NAIROBI — After more than a year of wreaking havoc across western and southern Africa, fall armyworms have now been reported in most countries in eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burundi.

Timothy Mbaya is a 25-year-old farmer from western Kenya. He says 75 percent of his maize crop was destroyed by a fall armyworm infestation in April.

24 Mar 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationJuliet Okoth, Lecturer, International Law, University of Nairobi

The world has become a hostile place for refugees. The narrative often used to justify such actions is national security.

01 Mar 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By EUNICE OMOLLO

In Summary

  • The MPs, drawn from seven countries in Africa, met in Nairobi last week, where they also declared to harmonise their legislations and coordinate interventions to accelerate the abandonment of FGM in the region.

01 Jul 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By MANASE OTSIALO

The government has warned of an impending drought in Mandera.

Poor long-term rains in April-May in Mandera is likely to cause a severe drought in the coming months, according to National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).

Speaking at NDMA offices in Mandera Town, the county drought information officer Hussein Ibrahim said only a few parts of the county received near-normal rainfall while others recorded no rainfall.

20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO

In Summary

What is normal rainfall?

•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.

13 Jan 2015 description
report The Guardian

Kenyans near world’s largest desert lake predict conflict, hunger and cultural devastation when hydroelectric project is completed

People living near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya have little understanding that the fresh water essential to their development is likely to dry up when a huge hydoelectric dam in neighbouring Ethiopia is completed.

01 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.