Kenya: UN official stresses need for peaceful and transparent elections

The United Nations political chief today stressed the need for all Kenyans and their institutions to ensure the upcoming general elections in March are credible, peaceful and transparent.

UN refugee agency cautions against stigmatizing refugees in wake of violence in Kenya

The United Nations refugee agency spoke out today against public statements in Kenya linking the presence of refugees in that country to recent violence – which the agency equally condemned.

General Assembly President condemns attacks on Kenyan churches

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today condemned deadly attacks carried out on two churches in Kenya over the weekend.

UN chief strongly condemns ‘reprehensible’ attacks on Kenyan churches

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the terrorist attacks carried out on two churches in Kenya which killed at least 17 people and wounded many more.

Kenya: UN scales up refugee training to improve assistance in camps

The United Nations refugee agency today announced new strategies to ensure uninterrupted assistance and services in its largest complex in Kenya, including training and mentoring of refugees as well as involving them in the day-to-day running of the Dadaab camps.

ICC prosecutor hails ruling on Kenya as crucial step for country’s future

The recent ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) requiring four prominent Kenyans to stand trial for crimes against humanity allegedly committed in late 2007 represents a significant step towards a peaceful future in the country, the Court’s prosecutor said today.

ICC sends prominent Kenyans to trial for crimes related to post-election violence

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today ruled that four prominent Kenyans, including the deputy prime minister, are to stand trial for crimes against humanity and other offences allegedly committed following general elections in late 2007.

UN voices concern over inter-communal violence in northern Kenya

The United Nations humanitarian arm today voiced concern over inter-communal clashes in northern Kenya where some 46 people have died in recent months in reprisal attacks linked to rivalry over pasture and cattle rustling.

Kenyan company trains and lends to farmers under UN-backed initiative

An investment company in Kenya announced today that it will provide some 100,000 smallholder rural farmers – the majority of them women – with access to small loans and basic financial training over the next five years as part of the company’s commitment to a United Nations-backed initiative to alleviate poverty.

Senior UN official voices indignation as aid workers are abducted in Kenya

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today voiced shock and indignation at the violent abduction from the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya of two female aid workers and the shooting of their driver.