- On September 21, gunmen attacked Westgate Mall in Nairobi, killing at least 67 people and wounding 175 others. The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) mounted a robust response to the crisis by providing immediate medical services to victims, launching a countrywide blood drive, assisting with family reunification, offering psychosocial support, and coordinating relief efforts with other partners providing assistance. -On August 9, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec issued a disaster declaration in response to an August 7 fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi that destroyed most of the airport’s international arrivals hall and related terminal facilities. JKIA is the region’s largest airport, acting as a hub for both economic and human transport, and long-term flight disruption would likely have resulted in serious economic repercussions. Ten USAID/OFDA-procured modular warehouses facilitated JKIA’s rapid return to normal operations.
- In FY 2013, the USG provided more than $170 million in humanitarian assistance across Kenya, including food, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and other assistance for Kenyan populations and support for the country’s significant refugee caseload.