Snows of Kilimanjaro
"UNICEF is extremely concerned about the psycho-social consequences for Kenya's children who have experienced violence, temporary displacement & fear." Kenya presidential elections violence situation report No. 8, United Nations Country Team in Kenya, 1-9-08
Those in the developed world who think what is happening in Kenya is something distant, and peculiar to the African continent, are living in a dream; and unless they tend to the health of their own democratic institutions (e.g., the integrity of elections and the independence of the news media), they will awaken one day, sooner than later, into a nightmare very similar to the one documented in this report from United Nations Country Team in Kenya -- Richard Power
The humanitarian situation remains critical in the flashpoint areas of Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza Provinces as well as in slum areas in major Kenyan cities. As more fact finding missions report back and more assessments become available, new pockets of people in need are emerging. ...
African Union Chairman John Kufuor met both the Opposition and Government. The leader of the Opposition continued to insist that he would not meet with the President unless Mr. Kufuor was present as a mediator.
Other regional figures still on the ground were the four former Presidents representing the African Forum, who returned from a fact finding visit to Eldoret. They met earlier with IDPs in the city's showground and on the main Cathedral's grounds. They then visited the site of the church burning where, the Red Cross says, 17 people were killed.
World Vision (WV) has over the weekend distributed milk, bread, lentils and relief supplies to displaced people from the Kibera slum in Nairobi and in Nakuru's Afraha stadium. On Monday, its aid trucks also drove to Rift Valley from Nairobi under military protection. WV is partnering with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to meet the immediate needs of almost 155,000 affected people in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Mombasa and Kisumu. ...
UNICEF is extremely concerned about the psycho-social consequences for Kenya's children who have experienced violence, temporary displacement and fear. As schools are expected to open next week, UNICEF urges teachers everywhere to look out for any signs of discrimination among children. An Emergency Education meeting was held this morning with the GoK and other partners to consider the impact of the crisis on children. ...
Kenya presidential elections violence situation report No. 8, United Nations Country Team in Kenya, 1-9-08
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