The Malaba IDPs Operation Update 1, 12th May 2015

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Following the post-election violence in Kenya that occurred in the year 2007/2008 after the disputed general elections, some of the Kenyan citizens who were affected sought refuge in the neighboring country of Uganda, where they have been living for the last seven years in Kiryanyandongo District.

An evacuation exercise begun on 5th May 2015 for the IDPs from Uganda. The first group of IDPs were brought by the Government of Uganda and handed them over to the Kenyan Government, Malaba Boarder.

A total of 720 people (children, women, men and youth) arrived at the border. On arrival all the internally displaced persons (IDPs) were registered by the government officials as they were resettled at the County Commissioner Offices’ new camp.

Current Situation

Following the initial plan, the operation was to last for two days during clearance, awaiting dispatch to their destinations of choice. However the process didn’t go as planned as the IDPs appealed the government to compensate them. Their cries have fallen on deaf ears and thus they have refused to vacate their locations. The other group from Uganda is expected to arrive this week.

KRCS Interventions

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has been on the ground since arrival of the first group of returnees, to support in the distribution of non-food items and crowd control. KRCS has dispatched a total of 480 HHs. Distribution is still ongoing.