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Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 36

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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. 36/2008) 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

Humanitarian activities in IDP camps in the country continued to receive more support from various partnering institutions and well-wishers. A number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps have been closed, especially transit camps, including Moi Stadium, which was the main transit camp set up by the Kenya Red Cross in Kisumu. In Mt. Elgon, a middle-aged woman died in hospital while undergoing treatment following reports that she was severely beaten by suspected members of the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF). The Kenya Red Cross health team in Cheptais had referred the woman to hospital. Upto 1,400 people were treated in the district from soft tissue injuries. The Kenya Red Cross team continued with the assessment and registration of displaced persons at Kanganga and Kimaswa centres in Cheptais Division.

Situation

Cattle-rustling has been reported in Transmara, with further fears of tension in that area .A meeting to reconcile two warring communities along the Sotik-Borabu boarder was held. In Nyanza/Western Region, the latest number of IDPs is 3,333 comprising of 554 households. The Mt. Elgon military operation is ongoing with the aim of rooting out members of the SLDF. Two men were killed in the ongoing military operations in Mt. Elgon District. The area is cordoned off from the media and other agencies. Kenya Red Cross enjoys full and unlimited access to all the areas in Mt. Elgon.