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Kenya: Electoral violence - Operations Update No. 38

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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. 38/2008) 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

There is a decline in the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the number of IDP camps countrywide from 202,930 and 246 respectively, at the beginning of the week to 200,723 and 235 at the end of the week. This reduction can be attributed to the fact that some IDP camps, especially in Nyanza Region, have been closed. These include Ebenezer in Nyando, Mamboleo in Kisumu and Shamahoho camp in Vihiga. Some IDPs have been going home and only return to receive food rations and also fill in the government compensation forms, hence the variation. Similar decline has been reported in Western Region where a number of IDPs from Panpaper and Webuye camps returned home after the PC assured them of security. In other regions, the figure is stable because there are no departures or arrivals of IDPs.

Committees comprising partners and IDP representatives have been formed in major camps in the South Rift Region, such as Afraha and Showground camps. The Committees will oversee the process of food monitoring and distribution among other activities in the camps. Kenya Red Cross personnel have also reported a notable enrolment of IDPs in schools, with the learning process progressing quite well. The main challenge is inadequate learning resources such as school textbooks, food, uniform and teachers. UNICEF donated emergency classroom tents and recreational and educational kits, which are currently inuse at the Showground and together with Mercy Corps they are ensuring the displaced children in the camps get access to education.