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30 Dec 2011 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

· Three aid workers on a monitoring mission in Mataban, Hirran Province, Somalia died when a gunman opened fire on 23 December.

· Latest reports from UNICEF and KRCS indicate that flood waters in Kenya are subsiding, with most displaced communities returning to their homes.

· Inter-communal conflict in Moyale leaves 37 people dead, thousands displaced.

· Two grenades thrown at a club in Wajir district in north-eastern Kenya near the Somali border wounded at least seven people on 24 December.

30 Dec 2011 description

GENEVA – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, voiced today his deep regrets about the senseless killing of a refugee leader in the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya yesterday evening (Thursday 29 December).

The chairperson of the Community Peace and Security Team in Hagadera camp was shot as he was entering his compound around 19:45 Thursday evening. The refugee-run Community Peace and Security teams are instrumental in helping maintain security in the camps.

30 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

NAIROB I, 30 December 2011 (IRIN) - Severe drought, [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=93426 ] exacerbated by poverty and conflict, hit at least four countries in 2011 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

29 Dec 2011 description

HIGHLIGHTS

· Security incidents in north-eastern Kenya affect refugee and other operations.

· Malnutrition rates decrease in Turkana but remain high in Mandera.

· Floods affect more than 80,000 people across Kenya and undermine food security recovery.

· Government, United Nations and partners seek US$764 million to tackle emergency and resilience efforts in 2012.

28 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

ISIOLO, 28 December 2011 (IRIN) - Fighting between communities over grazing land in northern Kenya's Isiolo region has led to at least 10 deaths and the displacement of some 2,000 people in the past three days, according to local leaders and residents.

The fighting, mainly between the members of the Turkana and Somali communities, with some Borana siding with the Somalis, has disrupted transport and trade networks and hampered access to farms and communal grazing areas.

27 Dec 2011 description
report UN Foundation

Dear friend,

In the decades I've been working to solve global problems, I've never seen a crisis like the one we're currently tackling in the Horn of Africa.

Millions of people have been displaced by the worst drought and famine in a generation. They need food, water, shelter — and they also need nets.

27 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

MOYALE, 23 December 2011 (IRIN) - Several weeks of fighting between two rival communities in Moyale, near the Ethiopia-Kenya border, [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=94053 ] has displaced hundreds of families and disrupted transport services. The displaced have had no assistance, local sources and activists told IRIN.

27 Dec 2011 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

Posted Sunday, December 18 2011 at 00:00

Kenya’s child mortality rate has gone up by 21 per cent over the past one year while maternal deaths have risen by a similar margin, a signal that the billions of dollars being pumped into the health sector are yet to bear fruit.

Maternal mortality went up 18 per cent, new statistics released by World Health Organisation show, linking this to low access to contraceptives and poor healthcare.

WHO says Kenya could reduce these deaths by up to one-third with adequate investments.

26 Dec 2011 description
report Voice of America

The United Nations says aid agencies have had to further reduce services at the Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya after a series of attacks targeting security forces in the area. Refugees at the camp say police are now going door-to-door to look for those responsible.

At least three policemen have been killed and many other people injured since late November in grenade and landmine attacks in and around the Dadaab refugee complex.

26 Dec 2011 description

KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, December 26 (UNCHR) – Adieu Chol Bior, 31, will never forget the day when rival Nuers raided her Dinka village in Sudan. She was perhaps 10 years of age, and as her family tried to run her father was shot and killed. "I was too young to know the way of dying and so I sat by my father and begged him to wake up," she recalled. "Then the man who killed him came and took me away."

26 Dec 2011 description
report World Vision

World Vision welcomes the news that the famine is easing in parts of Somalia. The United Nations has officially downgraded the situation in Bakaool, lower Shabelle and Bay. At the peak of the crisis, malnutrition was affecting 53 per cent of the population in some areas of Somalia; now, that figure has fallen below the famine threshold of 30 per cent. But although conditions have begun to improve in the Horn of Africa for some, challenges remain great for the families who live there and the aid workers trying to respond.

26 Dec 2011 description
report ACTED

MARALAL [ACTED News] – More than 80,000 people have been affected by flooding during the past two weeks in western, northern, and north-eastern Kenya according to various assessments conducted by the Government of Kenya, UN agencies, the Kenyan Red Cross and NGOs. Critical needs for flood-affected populations include safe water and sanitation, as people’s health is put at risk through use of contaminated water sources and poor sanitation practices and facilities.

26 Dec 2011 description

STRUCTURE OF THE UGANDA HUMANITARIAN PROFILE 2012

PART 1. CONTEXT OVERVIEW INTRODUCTION

The Uganda humanitarian profile 2012 is the second version after a decision was made to end the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) in Uganda. It builds on the humanitarian profile for 2011 to provide an update on the humanitarian issues in the country. This is both a preparedness and resource mobilization tool which is updated every year to inform government and the humanitarian community on key humanitarian issues in the country.

26 Dec 2011 description

The Horn of Africa crisis has been in the news a lot. Millions of people (particularly in Somalia) are on the brink of starvation.

Kenya is Somalia’s western neighbor, and the drought that is affecting so many Somalis didn’t discriminate between the two sides of the border. After a ruinous crop failure poorer Kenyans living in the eastern half of the country are suffering just like their neighbors, albeit in smaller numbers.

26 Dec 2011 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children’s emergency appeal for East Africa has become the most successful in the charity’s history, highlighting the generosity of the British public despite the difficult economic climate.

Monday, December 26, 2011 - 17:15 The aid agency has raised more than £7 million in public donations since launching the appeal in July, overtaking the previous record of £6.8 million raised for the Asian tsunami.

24 Dec 2011 description
report Doctors Worldwide

As part of the mobilization for the Horn of Africa crisis Doctors Worldwide Turkey (DWWT) and Doctors Worldwide HQ (DWW) has launched a multifaceted operation including both short-term projects to provide emergency relief assistance and rehabilitation projects to improve medical care in Kenya and in Somalia. The present report lists the activities completed by DWWT and DWW HQ in Kenya and by DWWT in Somalia from July 2011 to December 2011.