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Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 24

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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. 24/2008) 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

As calm is restored in many parts of the country, Kenya Red Cross continued to focus on a number of intervention areas countrywide, including Tracing of missing persons, psychosocial support, relief distribution, health care and other areas of importance. Kenya Red Cross personnel in Kisumu have been busy registering and distributing relief assistance to thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) still arriving in Kisumu, most of whom are on transit to other locations within Nyanza.

Situation

While a number of IDPs are still arriving in Kisumu and later settled at Moi Stadium and Bible Society, the overall total number of IDPs is reducing. An equally large number of IDPs are moving on to their ancestral homes. About 205 IDPs were transported to their ancestral homes on 14th February 2008, but 61 of them remained at Moi Stadium. There are still more IDPs expected to arrive from Nakuru, Naivasha and Gilgil. There are 55 IDP camps and five transitional camps in Kisumu. Other transitional camps include Migori Bus Terminal, Ugunja and the Reformed Church of East Africa in Kericho. The number of IDPs is changing frequently and still high especially in Kipkelion. Sporadic violence was reported in Transmara where a number of houses were burnt and one person killed on 14th February 2008. At Timboroa, the number of IDPs in the camp has increased to 4,171 as those that were in hiding are now coming to the camp.