Kenya: “Coordination can save our lives,” says Turkana village elder
28 February, 2013
Village elders in the Turkana region of northwest Kenya have expressed optimism about a project aimed at strengthening resilience to natural disasters by providing alternative coping mechanisms, saying that the area’s natural resources are not being used efficiently.
Somalia: Better access to people in need in the south
20 February, 2013
UN agencies and humanitarian partners are reaching more people with much-needed healthcare services in parts of southern Somalia that were once inaccessible due to conflict and insecurity.
“The lack of health services in Somalia has the same effect as conflict; it displaces...
Kenya: Promoting preparedness before the elections
23 January, 2013
Kenya goes to the polls in March, and humanitarian agencies are gearing up in case there is any repetition of the violence that followed the previous elections in 2007-8. OCHA Eastern Africa is coordinating the humanitarian elements of a contingency plan led by Kenya’s National Disaster...
Kenya: Ethnic clashes in the run up to elections
21 January, 2013
Houses set ablaze, women and children killed, a student shot dead on his way to school, thousands fleeing with nothing more than the shirts on their backs - these were the scenes in Kenya’s Tana Delta region in recent weeks as ethnic clashes broke out again. Humanitarian agencies are...
Sudan: Common Humanitarian Fund Keeps kids in school
20 December, 2012
When thousands of Sudanese families returned to White Nile State in Sudan from South Sudan after the two countries separated in 2011, the sudden influx of children quickly overwhelmed schools in the border areas. The OCHA-managed Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has helped keep children...