UN to airlift critical supplies to thousands of Somali refugees marooned in Kenya by floods

The United Nations refugee agency will begin airlifting critical emergency supplies over the weekend for scores of thousands of Somalis made homeless by massive flooding in Kenya’s Dadaab region after heavy rains swept across the low-lying camps, wrecking homes and uprooting more than 78,000 people.

Kenya: floods cause major setback to UN efforts to aid thousands of Somali refugees

Heavy flooding has engulfed camps in eastern Kenya where tens of thousands of Somalis have sought refuge from fighting in their own homeland, uprooting more than 78,000 people and killing two, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Annan calls on Africans to prevent local conflicts from becoming regional crises

Arriving in Nairobi, Kenya, today to attend the closing stages of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on African leaders to act in their own backyards to prevent conflicts in one country from becoming a crisis for the whole region.

Kenya: UN official deplores deadly slum violence, calls for calm

Voicing deep concern at the continuing escalation of violence and rising death toll in the Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya, a senior United Nations official today called for calm and urged all involved to work together to find a peaceful and lasting solution.

Despite recent rains, UN still faces shortfall in feeding drought-stricken Kenyans

Although rains have reduced the number of drought-stricken Kenyans in need of food aid from 3.5 million to nearly 3 million, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it still needs $44 million to continue its operations there for the next six months and is concerned that donor contributions have slowed considerably.

5 million Kenyan children benefit from UN-backed measles vaccination campaign

More than 5 million Kenyan children between nine months and five years of age are being vaccinated against measles in a two-phase United Nations-backed integrated campaign that is also providing polio immunizations and insecticide-treated nets against malaria in some districts as well as vitamin A and de-worming medicine.

UN agency calls for strong action following recent surge in rapes in Kenya

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is urging the Kenyan Government to take strong measures following a recent spike in rape incidents that has seen young girls to elderly women being brutally assaulted.

Funding shortfall forces UN agency to cut food to 230,000 refugees in Kenya

Insufficient funding has forced the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce rations to 230,000 Somali and Sudanese refugees in northeast Kenya, even as it struggles to fill a $170-million shortfall in its operations to feed 3.5 million Kenyans affected by severe drought.

Without more funding Kenyan drought will lead to disaster, UN agency warns

The death toll among 3.5 million Kenyans in need of emergency assistance could rise in the coming months unless donations to head off a disaster arrive soon, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned, stressing that the agency still needs $189 million for its year-long emergency operation.

UN sounds alarm over attack on press in Nairobi, Kenya

High officials of the United Nations expressed alarm over a raid on the offices of the Standard newspaper in Nairobi and its sister television station, KTN, during which several editions of the paper were burnt, the offices of KTN vandalized, and the station temporarily silenced.