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Kenya Country Office Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report March 2014 (Including UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma)

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  • As of 7 April 2014, Kakuma refugee Camp hosts 33,399 South Sudanese refugees. 65% of those are children under 18 years. UNICEF through partners on the ground continues to provide technical and material support. Funding remains the key bottleneck across all sectors;

  • According to the Kenya Food Security Steering Group's (KFSSG) short rains assessment conducted in January, the population in need of humanitarian assistance has increased from 850,000 in 2013 to 1.29 Million. Acutely food insecure households were concentrated in northeastern pastoral areas in Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Tana River, and Wajir Counties.

  • According to FEWSNET, in northern areas long rains between March – May could start two to three weeks late with normal to below normal total rainfall. This will slow recovery from Crisis (IPC Phase 3) to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in Turkana and Marsabit.

  • On March 26th 2014, government of Kenya issued a directive for all urban refugees to be relocated to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.