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Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 32

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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. 32/2008) 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

The Kenya Red Cross has undertaken a verification exercise in all the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the country. The North Rift and Nyanza regions registered an increase in the number of IDPs in camps, which was mainly attributed to spontaneous return of families that were hosted in communities outside the regions. Kenya Red Cross personnel noted that most IDP camps are still hosting thousands of people who are reluctant to return to their homes. The reasons for IDPs' extended stay in camps include security concerns, livelihoods and hope for compensation. In some cases, some IDPs in Turbo had returned to their former homes. Farms of the displaced IDPs in some places had been subdivided and preparation for the planting season was underway. Kenya Red Cross, UN agencies and other NGOs were preparing necessary food and non-food items (NFIs) in readiness for the rainy season in mid-March.