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Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 29

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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. 29/2008) 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 has been hosting a number of visitors to various Internally Displaced People's (IDPs) camps countrywide. The Pope's representative to Kenya paid a visit to IDP camps in Eldoret and was hosted by Kenya Red Cross field personnel. Kenya Red Cross continues to manage most of the camps countrywide in partnership with various organisations. The camps have been providing a range of services to IDPs, from health, to water, sanitation, psychosocial support, Tracing, provision of relief food and nonfood items, among others.

Situation

Relative calm returned at the Sotik/Borabu border on 23rd February 2008 following the burning of one house the previous day. No one was injured. The transitional camps in Kisumu are still receiving IDPs, who are later transported to their respective destinations. More transitional camps are coming up in Nyanza/Western Region.

Two houses were torched in Burnt Forest at the beginning of the week and this raised tension among the communities in the area. The security forces were deployed to curb cases of insecurity in the area. The situation has since calmed down and normalcy has been restored.