Kenya

Floods in western Kenya prompt UN to provide emergency relief

The United Nations humanitarian wing has dispatched an emergency team to western Kenya, where floods following heavy rainfall have forced more than 7,000 families out of their homes and submerged entire villages.

Factors triggering Kenya’s post-election violence must be tackled – UN

The problems that sparked the crisis following last December’s contested Kenyan presidential elections must be dealt with, a top United Nations human rights official said, wrapping up a visit to the East African nation.

Floods in northern Kenya uproot nearly 14,000 people, UN reports

Almost 14,000 people in northern Kenya have been displaced by flash floods that occurred last week, and are in need of urgent supplies such as food, shelter and clean water, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today.

UN Goodwill Ambassador makes return visit to Somali refugees in Kenya

Fulfilling a promise he made to Somali refugees last year, Jesús Vázquez made a return visit to a camp in Kenya in his first field mission since being named a Goodwill Ambassador last month for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN warns that Kenya is in danger of losing its largest forest ecosystem

Kenya stands to lose $300 million in revenue from tea, tourism and energy if the forest of the country’s Mau Complex continues to be degraded and destroyed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today.

New UN scheme helps to clean up Kenya’s capital

A wide-ranging new initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) aims to help the Kenyan Government deal with air pollution, waste management and the clean up of rivers in the country’s capital – and the agency’s host city – Nairobi.

Kenyan reconciliation jeopardized without bolstered efforts, warns UN envoy

Stepped-up measures are crucial to ensure the sustainable return of those forced to flee their homes by post-electoral violence that swept through Kenya earlier this year, a United Nations envoy cautioned today.

Killing of Kenya staffer second loss this week for UN food agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has spoken out against the murder of the head of its office in north-western Kenya who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, the second such killing of the agency’s staff this week.

Assisted by UN agency, displaced Kenyans assess conditions for returning home

Some of the Kenyans displaced in the post-electoral violence that erupted in the East African country several months ago today embarked on a visit, with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to assess the situation in their home villages and the possibilities for return.

UN promotes peacebuilding in Kenya after election crisis

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have brought together 120 national leaders from around Kenya for a peacebuilding workshop following the violence and unrest that broke out after the country’s recent election.