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31 Dec 2010 description

FACTS & FIGURES

- There have been 874 cases globally this year (794 type 1 and 80 type 3), compared with 1,503 cases at this time last year (464 type 1 and 1,039 type 3).

- 20 countries have reported cases in 2010, compared with 23 at this time last year.

31 Dec 2010 description

Protracted conflicts

Can you get used to living with war? Probably, in the same way that you can somehow get used to living with physical pain, with constant stress, with disturbing noises. You get used to it, you bear with it in silence, because you have no other choice. You don't know of any alternative.

One thing is for sure: the surrounding world can "get used" to protracted conflict. The international community, the media, the aid organisations - they can all turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to suffering that does not have any news value.

31 Dec 2010 description

The global food crisis of 2007-2008 was characterized by a sharp spike in the prices of most commodities, including staple grains. This analysis examines the degree to which changes in world food markets influence the price of staple foods in Sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis is based on more than 60 price series from 11 African countries. After examining price trends over 2007-2008, we use an error correction model to estimate the degree of price transmission.

31 Dec 2010 description

Summary

Nomadic peoples are often, if not universally, perceived as a problem by the governments of the nation states who have responsibility for them; this is particularly so in the case of the three nations with which this report is concerned, viz: Kenya, Uganda and (southern) Sudan. The pastoralist societies within the Karamajong cluster have been unable to adequately defend themselves politically against claims that they, the pastoralists, are responsible for the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in East Africa.

31 Dec 2010 description

This section summarizes FEWS NET's most forward-looking analysis of projected external emergency food assistance needs, six months from now, in countries where FEWS NET has a staff presence. Overall needs at a national level are compared to typical needs at this time of year during the last five years and categorized as Above-average, Average, and Below-average/No need. A star (*) indicates new information this month. Projected lean season months that are highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

31 Dec 2010 description
report PlusNews

VIHIGA, 31 December 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - When Yona, 12, went to live with his grandmother after his parents died several years ago, she told the neighbours he was HIV-positive, hoping he would get some sympathy. Instead, the boy found himself ridiculed and alienated from his playmates.

"My grandmother told them, because I was always sick. Many children who know, fear me and don't want to play with me," he told IRIN/PlusNews at his home in Vihiga District, western Kenya. "They think I can give it to them, but I know I cannot.

31 Dec 2010 description

Key Messages

Maize prices have declined from peak levels in 2009 but are still much above average and highly volatile.

The number of refugees in Kenya is expected to increase substantially due to insecurity and civil conflict in neighbour countries.

Although the number of people requiring food assistance has declined, a large part of the population is faced with food insecurity and different agencies estimate high levels of hunger and undernurishment.

The Government with the help of donors has kept in place measures to support producers, consumers and the most vulnerable …

31 Dec 2010 description
report Government of Kenya
  1. SUMMARY

    Much of the country experienced below normal (depressed) rainfall during the month of December 2010. In the counties within the Northeastern and Northwestern regions of the country, the rainfall deficits resulted into deteriorating pastures for livestock while poor crop performance was recorded in those counties located within the Central highlands, Nairobi area and Southeastern lowlands.

31 Dec 2010 description
report Government of Kenya

1.0 HIGHLIGHTS

National maize stocks as at 31stDecember stood at 24,139,162 bags, part of which NCPB holds 2,963,122 bags, farmers' stocks at 16,182,860 bags, traders' stocks at 3,659,347 bags and Millers stocks at 1,333,833 bags.

31 Dec 2010 description
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Overall, the food security situation in the region is still slightly improving, confirming the trend registered over the past 3-4 months. Those improvements follow the above-normal to normal harvests from the past long rains season and good rangeland conditions.

31 Dec 2010 description

This on-line newsletter gathers information about about the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) and its partners' activities in Africa.

30 Dec 2010 description
report World Concern

by CATHYH

While it's sometimes hard to quantify success, one thing is certain - the ripple effect and long-term effects of good development work impact more people for generations to come than any of us will know.

How many future generations will benefit from one child in a poor Kenyan village making her way to university because her high school tuition was paid?

How many lives will be saved from better nutrition resulting from improved farming methods and tools in rural Laos?

On the other hand, because of excellent tracking and reporting by our field staff, there are many …

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.

Overview

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.

29 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 29 December 2010 (IRIN) - Here is a selection of our best stories of the past year from central and eastern Africa, chosen to reflect the diversity of humanitarian issues affecting the vast region. They range from coverage of historical landmarks with global repercussions, such as Southern Sudan's imminent referendum, to a project that makes a big difference to just a few people in a Kenyan slum.

24 Dec 2010 description
report Government of Kenya

Kuresoi/Rongai, December 24, 2010

Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi today kicked off a countrywide exercise to cheer-up Internally Displaced Persons and the less fortunate members of the society following the directive by their Excellencies President Mwai Kibaki and the First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki that no State receptions shall be hosted to mark this year's festive season.

President Kibaki and the First Lady directed that the funds used to host State guests during the Christmas and New Year celebrations be used to feed disadvantaged members of the society particularly the …

23 Dec 2010 description

Ruhakana Rugunda, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, called today for a greater focus by the Security Council on preventive diplomacy and peacebuilding as he surveyed a range of situations in Africa.

Speaking at a Headquarters press conference on his country's two-year tenure on the Council, Mr.

23 Dec 2010 description

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT

AI index: AFR 32/019/2010

23 December 2010

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

The motion passed by the Kenyan Parliament on 22 December to ask the Government to take appropriate action to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, if supported by the Government, shall not discharge Kenya from the obligations arising from the Statute, said Amnesty International.

The motion calls for the repeal of the International Crimes Act (which domesticates the Rome Statute in Kenya) and requests the Government to withdraw from the Rome …

23 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

MOYALE, 23 December 2010 (IRIN) - The presence of an Ethiopian rebel group in northern Kenya, coupled with operations by security forces from both countries, has caused numerous casualties and displacement among local residents, who also complain of arbitrary arrests.

"They are a menace," Moyale District Commissioner David Rotich said of the secessionist Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which first rose up against Ethiopian authorities three decades ago.

"They pose a major threat to security and development and are linked to a group of gun dealers and poachers across the …