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15 Oct 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JONATHAN KAMOGA

A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.

The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.

The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By FLORAH KOECH

More than 1,000 people who fled their homes in March last year have voluntarily left the camp they had sought refuge, saying they can no longer handle mounting challenges there.

The internally displaced people (IDPs) are mostly from Mukutani in Baringo South. They had been camping at Eldume in the sub county, more than 70km from their homes, after they moved out following a deadly banditry attack last year.

The attack left 11 people dead, among them four children and seven women.

20 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Since the early 1990s, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have used this road to escape the fighting and find refuge in Dadaab, which today hosts 209,606 refugees.

  • Dadaab has 22 primary and six secondary schools, 22 early childhood education centres and nine alternative basic education centres.

  • It is easier for boys to remain in school than it is for girls. For instance, when girls start menstruating, many opt to drop out even though some schools offer sanitary pads.

19 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NG'ANG'A MBUGUA

From the sky, the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa County looks like a tuft of green hair in the balding savannah that is the northern part of Kenya.

Sporadic clouds throw black splotches that look like burn scars on the pale peach-hued earth. To the sympathetic eye, the camp looks like an oasis in the middle of the parched land that stretches to the Kenya-Somalia border where terrorism has interrupted the rhythm of life.

16 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NG'ANG'A MBUGUA

The road leading to Hagadera in the Dadaab Refugee Complex is wide, straight and dusty.

Inside the camp, where tin and mud-walled houses are shielded from the wind by dry twig fences, the road narrows as it winds its way to the block E6 dispensary in the heart of the camp.

This is the first day of the round one vaccination campaign against polio in 12 high-risk counties, including Garissa.

The latest round targets children under five years, who will get the bivalent oral polio vaccine.

15 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ALEX NJERU

A woman from Muragara village, Tharaka-Nithi County, and her children, have been diagnosed with cholera-like symptoms, raising fears of the disease outbreak in the region.

Ms Elda Mukwanjeru and her three children, who were suffering from severe diarrhoea and vomiting, were on Thursday rushed to Chuka Consolata Mission Hospital.

Another child from the neighbourhood was also taken to the same facility on Friday night with similar symptoms.

04 Sep 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author Karen Villholth Principal researcher; also Coordinator of the global partnership GRIPP, Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice, International Water Management Institute

21 Aug 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By FLORAH KOECH

Water levels at major lakes in Baringo County have increased tremendously in the past one month sparking fears of flooding in adjacent homesteads.

The most affected lakes are Bogoria and Baringo which have started submerging neighbouring homes and structures.

A spot check by the Nation at Lake Bogoria national reserve on Saturday revealed that water levels had increased to an extent of submerging tarmac roads leading to the reserve hence rendering many areas impassable.

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.

05 Aug 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By KALUME KAZUNGU

The second phase of polio immunization campaign has kicked off in Lamu County with at least 20,000 children of five years and below targeted for the polio jab.

Lamu County Public Health Promotion Officer Mohamed Muhsin on Sunday said the campaign, that runs to August 8, would be conducted across the Lamu villages and urged residents to ensure their children are vaccinated.

The first phase of polio vaccination campaign was conducted between 11 and 15 July. The campaign saw at least 22,565 children vaccinated in Lamu County.

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.

18 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Lamu County has achieved 106 per cent reach of children immunized against polio in the just-concluded first phase of the campaign targeting those below five years.

Before the five-day campaign started, the Lamu County Health department had announced that it was targeting at least 95 per cent success rate, which translates to about 21,217 children.

12 Jul 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

MOSES YAKUDU/LENI KINZLI

In the abandoned town and villages of Pageri County, community members are gradually and voluntarily returning from refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya. Over 300 returnees have resettled in Pageri in recent months, after having fled the area following the crisis in 2016.

The people of Pageri have cited the occupation of cattle from the Jonglei region, and the distrustful relationship between them and the army’s Tiger battalion, as hindrances to their return.

11 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By KALUME KAZUNGU

The Lamu County Health department is targeting at least 21,217 children under the age of five years for polio immunization campaign starting Wednesday.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday, Health chief officer Said Bwanamkuu said the exercise will end on Sunday.

Apart from Lamu, the campaign will also be conducted in other 11 counties, namely: Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kiambu, Kitui, Machakos, Mandera, Meru, Nairobi, Tana River and Wajir.

05 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By Stephen Oduor

Victims of flood in Tana River County who have been living in camps for nearly three months say their plight has been forgotten.

Speaking to journalists, the residents, mostly from Charachara, Onkolde and Handaraku camps, said they have gone without food for three months now as the national government and the county governments had stopped supplying them.

26 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Isiolo Livestock chief officer says 25 samples tested positive for RVF
  • Meru Livestock chief officer says region is on high alert following the outbreak in Isiolo and is mulling a quarantine in the grazing areas.
  • Tharaka Nithi, Mandera , Lamu, Garissa, Kajiado and Baringo considered at risk of contracting the disease.

By Vivian Jebet and David Muchui

Isiolo veterinary department has closed all slaughterhouses and livestock markets for two weeks following an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever(RVF).

26 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Kajiado County is set to get 200 household dams to boost the county's food security preparedness.

The dams will be constructed by the National Irrigation Board (Nib) as part of the body's household focused irrigation scheme to spur food production for both subsistence and commercial use. The government parastatal has already started construction of some of the dams in farms in Kajiado Central and Kajiado South sub-counties.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Head of operations at UNHCR Dadaab camp Jean Bosco Rushatsi said nobody is putting pressure on the refugees to go back home.

  • So far, a total of 80,144 refugees have been assisted to go back to Somalia from Kenya on a voluntary basis.

  • Officials in Dadaab have recorded a slower repatriation process for the last one year.

By ABDIMALIK HAJIR

20 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Rift Valley fever a disease that mainly affects livestock.

  • More than 20 goats in the Tana Delta have been affected by the outbreak.

  • Residents have also been encouraged to use mosquito nets.

By STEPHEN ODUOR | RUSHDIE OUDIA

The outbreak of Rift Valley Fever has hit Tana River County leading to a quarantine in Dhidhe Ade.

More than 20 goats in the Tana Delta have been affected by the outbreak.