ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal: ACT response to support survivors of conflict in Lamu County, Kenya

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Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 700,455

Balance Requested: US$ 696,383

Geneva, 20 August 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Kenya has been subjected to a series of attacks by militant groups in the recent past. After the Westgate attack on 21 September 2013, successive attacks have targeted various settlement towns in The Lamu County that is located along the Kenyan coastal line. The attacks started on 15 June 2014, when an armed group attacked Mpeketoni Town leaving over 50 people dead. Since then, there have been a series of further attacks, the most recent on Friday 18 July 2014, when militants intercepted a public bus running between Malindi and Lamu, resulting in the killing of seven people including four police officers.

The attacks have left 5,574 people living as IDPs or in semi IDP conditions. Most of the displaced people are those who are unable to flee to safer areas outside Lamu County.

Members of the ACT Alliance Kenya Forum (AKF) have a significant presence in Lamu County. The AKF is planning to intervene with a four-level approach, comprised of the following:

i. Emergency response to address immediate identified gaps on Food & Non Food needs to the affected people including the host community, such as: food, farm inputs, psychosocial support, and restorative justice, trauma counselling and WASH services.

ii. Advocacy engagements at both national and county levels, with the aim to combat growing insecurity in Lamu and other parts of the country that are threatening its general stability.

iii. Peace building and reconciliation at both regional level (coastal region where Lamu County is located) and community level. This initiative will be anchored on inter religious platforms aimed at restoring harmonious inter-community relationships and bringing on board interreligious faith leaders, community elders and local political leaders from the region. Besides, the forum plan to undertake a conflict mapping exercise, whilst engaging local and national leaders in dialogue about the fair sharing of resources in the Lamu County.

iv. Furthermore, with the aim to enhance response capacity, the forum will run disaster management capacity and emergency preparedness training sessions for community volunteers.