Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 22

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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. 22/2008) 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 for information on the appeal narrative and budge.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Mr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; Phone; 254.20.3950.000 Fax

Dr. James Kisia, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; Phone; 254.20.3950.000 Fax

Mr. Anthony Mwangi, Public Relations Manager, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; Phone; 254.20.3950.000 Fax

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Operational Summary

Kenya Red Cross is continuing to set up transitional camps in Kisumu to accommodate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that have arrived from other parts of the country. While the transit camps are being set up emergency relief food and non-food distribution is also being conducted concurrently. Assessments are also being conducted to determine the exact needs of the IDPs. It is expected that the IDP numbers will drastically reduce once they move further to their ancestral homes.


The Kenya Red Cross Central Regional Office and WFP conducted a Rapid Assessment of IDPs in Central Province. There are upto 37,861 IDPs in Central Province spread out in Thika, Murang'a North and South, Nyandarua North and South, Nyeri, Laikipia and Kirinyaga. Kirathimo camp has been receiving new influx of IDPs from Timboroa. There are new IDPs also living at Kasarani Police Station. The biggest challenge in Central Province is that most IDPs are being housed by relatives and friends. For instance, one family is housing 94 IDPs in their two bedroom house. This compromises accommodation, sanitation and food conditions in these households. Kenya Red Cross has identified collection points where food can be collected by IDPs, who then go to stay with their host families later. This reduces the strain on food on the host families. Some homes have been decongested by placing some IDPs in nearby stadiums.