Failed rains may leave up to 2.5 million Kenyans dependent on food aid – UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that rain failure could cause the number of people needing food aid in Kenya to more than double – from the current 1.1 million to 2.5 million – while appeals for funds have come up short.

'Mass suffering' looms over drought-hit Kenya, says UN agency seeking relief funds

With northeastern Kenya plagued by erratic rainfall, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $25 million to assist 1.2 million people facing critical food shortages.

UN Children’s Fund appeals for $4 million for children in northern Kenya

Thousands of children in northern Kenya are malnourished, or at risk of malnutrition, and face the threat of polio and rising regional violence over scarce water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, as it appealed for $4 million.

Thousands of Kenyan children face drought-induced hunger, UNICEF warns

Drought continues to afflict thousands of Kenya’s children, leaving more than 20,000 malnourished or at serious risk of malnutrition while the risk of polio has risen sharply in drought-affected districts bordering Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, according to the latest update by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN agencies appeal for $29 million to help 1.2 million Kenyans with food, agriculture

United Nations agencies appealed today for $29 million to assist 1.2 million Kenyans who have been struggling with critical shortages of food and safe water, limited agricultural production and grave deficiencies in basic health care caused by drought and extreme poverty, especially in the southeast and the rural areas of the coastal and northeastern provinces.

Refugees could return to south Sudan after rainy season – UN official

Visiting a camp in north-western Kenya, the chief of the United Nations refugee agency today promised that thousands of people driven from their homes in South Sudan by two decades of fighting could return to the region after the rainy season ends in October.

Repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya resumes after two-year break – UN

The first airlifts from Kenya to Somalia in two years left Dadaab in Kenya this week, bringing dozens of Somali refugees home to the north after more than a decade in exile, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Kenya: UNICEF chief calls for redoubled efforts to improve health, education

With four out of five girls never even enrolled in school in north eastern Kenya and poor access to health services contributing to low immunization rates, high malaria incidence and high risk of maternal death, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for redoubled efforts to meet the daunting challenges.

UN humanitarian chief deplores massacre of Kenyan villagers

The United Nations Emergency Coordinator today condemned the attack on a Kenyan village by a group of heavily armed fighters that left 44 dead – nearly half of them uniformed schoolchildren – and his office convened a Rapid On-Set Disaster Committee to help 1,000 families needing urgent assistance.

UN seeks $6.7 million to feed quarter million refugees in Kenya till end of 2005

With refugee numbers in Kenya failing to decline despite peace moves in Somalia and Sudan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $6.7 million to feed nearly a quarter of a million refugees in two northern Kenyan camps until the end of 2005.