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Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 23

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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. 23/2008) 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 budge.

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

Kenya Red Cross continues to monitor the movement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have been moving in the thousands from one area to another. As they arrive in the various locations, especially in Nyanza and Western Provinces, the Kenya Red Cross personnel have been providing emergency relief food, pending a proper assessment to determine the exact needs. The Kenya Red Cross has been distributing relief food and non-food items to IDPs in other camps countrywide, but is also working with a number of families that are also accommodating IDPs. Some of these families are receiving relief assistance from Kenya Red Cross as they are registered as hosting IDPs.

Situation

The Kenyan Minister for Special Programmes thanked the Ugandan government and the Tororo District for hosting Kenyan refugees who had fled into Uganda to seek safety. The minister said that the Kenyan government is committed and is working hard to ensure the refugees return back to their homeland. The minister appealed to the refugees to voluntarily return so that they are assisted appropriately within the Kenyan borders, as they are now under the jurisdiction of the Ugandan authorities, UNHCR and Uganda Red Cross. The Kenyan refugees are camping at the Mulanga IDP camp in Tororo.

The delegation from the Government of Kenya was headed by the Minister for Special Programmes, accompanied by the Kenyan Ambassador to Uganda and Ugandan Ambassador to Kenya and permanent secretaries from the Ministry of Health and Special Programmes. Other dignitaries in the entourage included the PC for Western Province Kenya, DCs from Teso, Bungoma West and Busia Districts respectively. Kenya Red Cross was represented by the Bungoma Branch Chairman.

Life is slowly returning back to normal in Nairobi, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Central and Western provinces. A number of IDPs are leaving the camps for their respective homes or their ancestral homes. 205 IDPs arrived in Kisumu on 12th February 2008 and are camping at Moi Stadium and Bible Society in Kisumu. Many more are still being expected to arrive from various locations countrywide. There are other transitional camps set up at Migori Bus Terminal and Ugunja. In Bungoma, registration of new arrivals at Turbo IDP camp is continued.

Eldoret is relatively calm at the moment except for last weekend's incident that left Bishop Muge Secondary School burnt down. The burning down of the Sugoi Location chief's office was also reported. In both incidents no casualties were reported.