Kenya is a disaster-prone country in need of strengthened emergency preparedness and response capacities.
The number of food insecure people has increased from 1.3 million in the beginning of 2014, to now 1.5 million. This is due to the two successive poor rain seasons compounded by localised conflict and high food prices.
Insecurity and the associated disruption of markets and income earning opportunities are likely to further worsen the food security and nutrition situation.
As a result of the recent conflict in South Sudan, over 44 000 refugees have arrived in the Kakuma camp. The total population of Kakuma is now over 179 000 people – way beyond its maximum capacity of 125 000. This inflow of new refugees causes severe overcrowding, increasing land and water scarcity.
Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya hosts over 355 000 refugees, mostly from Somalia. Gaps in humanitarian assistance, especially in shelter, sanitation and protection, require urgent and sustained attention. Security in Dadaab and along the border with Somalia is volatile, with frequent incidents some with implications for the safety of humanitarian workers.
The repatriation of Somali refugees is high on the agenda of the Government of Kenya. However, the situation in Somalia is not yet conducive for large or even medium-scale return and therefore the right to seek asylum in Kenya must continue to be respected.