20 February 2014: Hostilities between the Government and opposition groups in South Sudan have forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, including Kenya. UN agencies expect that by the end of March 2014, 20,000 South Sudanese will have arrived at Kakuma camp in north-west Kenya.
In response to the urgent needs of the South Sudanese refugees, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$4.6 million CERF Rapid Response grant on 3 March 2014. The funds will help aid agencies provide child protection services, clean water, food, sanitation and shelter at Kakuma camp.
In 2013, CERF disbursed $1.5 million to address a polio outbreak in Dadaab refugee camps in eastern Kenya. An estimated 4.4 million people benefitted from the allocation.