Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 31

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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. 31/2008) 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

In North Rift, the Kenya Red Cross and various stakeholders held a camp management meeting and emphasized the need to consolidate the smaller camps into the bigger ones. It was agreed that the seven major camps shall be Eldoret and Kitale ASK show grounds, Timboroa, Burnt Forest, Turbo, Noigam and Endebess. This is to be implemented in stages.

Kenya Red Cross has noted that a plan to counter the rainy season in all camps in terms of tarpaulins and drainage systems is required. The short rains season has been pouring in areas that are accommodating Internally Displaced People (IDPs) countrywide and are causing certain challenges. With a peace deal signed between the two main political parties in Kenya taking root, it is expected that many IDPs will return back to their homes. Kenya Red Cross, together with its partners, is in the process of looking into the new political development in Kenya to plan appropriately.