Violence continues to hamper
relief operations in Kenya
Fri, 01 Feb 2008
Geneva - Emergency food-aid distribution continued to be hampered
in Kenya as a result of the ongoing violence, UN agencies said
Supplies leaving Nairobi were being disrupted by unrest, affecting
deliveries to the Rift Valley in the north and Eldoret in the
According to the Kenyan Red Cross and Kenyan government, there are
around 300,000 people now displaced and living in 300 sites. Many
were on the move, making it difficult to determine precise numbers
and for humanitarian organizations to coordinate relief operations.
Violence in Nakuru and Naivasha at the weekend had prevented
assistance by the Christian aid group World Vision to 15,000
people in the area.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
said Molo district, north-west of the capital, was a priority for
humanitarian agencies as violence was escalating in the area and
40,000 people had been uprooted.
Violence and killings in Cherangani, Nakuru and Naivasha had
prompted further displacement, while the situation in the suburbs
of Nairobi and in Kisumu in the far west remained volatile. The UN
refugee agency (UNHCR) said they were assisting nearly 10,000
people evicted from tea plantations and flower farms around Tigoni
close to Nairobi. The evictions of non-indigenous peoples followed
similar operations in Kikuyu and Kabete nearby. People had
received threats giving them 72 hours to leave their homes. Sexual
violence was still taking place on a broad scale with OCHA
claiming more and more cases of rape were being reported.
Gender-based violence continued to be exploited as a weapon in the