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Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 20

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The Kenya Red Cross Society's mission is to build capacity and respond with vigor, compassion and empathy to those affected by disaster and at risk, in the most effective and efficient manner. It works closely with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

This Operations Update (no. 20/2008) reflects the information available at this time.

Appeal History:

- On 4th January 2008, the Kenya Red Cross Society issued a Preliminary Appeal No. 1/2008 for Ksh 957,127,906 (US$ 15.4 million) to assist 500,000 beneficiaries for one (1) month. Visit http://www.kenyaredcross.org for information on the appeal narrative and budget.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Mr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; gullet.abbas@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950.000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

Dr. James Kisia, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; kisia.james@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950.000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

Mr. Anthony Mwangi, Public Relations Manager, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; info@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950.000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

All Kenya Red Cross Society assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning the Kenya Red Cross Society programmes or operations, or for a full description of the Society's profile, please access the Kenya Red Cross Society Website at http://www.kenyaredcross.org or the Federation's Website at http://www.ifrc.org

Operational Summary

There has not been any major developments in the country as calm has returned in a number of areas countrywide. As the Kofi Annan led mediation team continues its peace building efforts, the Secretary General of Kenya Red Cross gave a presentation to the team on the humanitarian crisis in the country. The team members appreciated the work being done by Kenya Red Cross is supporting thousands countrywide. The Kenya Red Cross continues to conduct its humanitarian interventions in all the fields in partnership with other organisations and the government line ministries.

Situation

Nyanza and Western provinces have remained relatively calm. The Sotik-Borabu border, where violence was reported in the past few days, is also calm. Two people were however burnt to death in Sotik town following a minor skirmish. A peace meeting between the two warring communities in Burabu is ongoing. In Eronge, Nyamira District, there are IDPs being accommodated by well-wishers in the community. There are 1,060 IDPs in Kisumu who had arrived from Naivasha and are on transit to other locations within the region.

The security situation in Kericho is tense, with some people constantly on transit. Kericho town is a transit town for most people, and therefore the IDP numbers are expected to go down. The D.C in Kericho expects that a number of people will move out of the area before the burial of the Ainamoi MP over the weekend that may fuel more skirmishes. Three people lost their lives at Teldet on the border of Transnzoia and Mt. Elgon districts and were all buried in one grave. In Eldoret, there are signs of farmers beginning to farm their land in the last two days. In Nairobi, 30 IDPs living with a family around Muthaiga was referred to Muthaiga camp.