Friday, January 11, 2008

Action Aid reports from Kenya

NB: Action Aid provided assistance for rainwater catchment at Friends Theological College.

Kenya Crisis - Action Aid

Current situation

Terrible violence in Kenya following the recent presidential election has forced over 250,000 people to flee their homes.

Innocent civilians have been caught up in the tension, with women and children bearing the brunt. So far at least 450 people have died - unofficial figures put the total at over 1,000.

In an attempt to escape the violence, tens of thousands of people have taken refuge in public buildings and churches, where they are urgently in need of safe clean water, food and medical supplies. Roughly two thirds of those affected are women and children.

Thousands of people have been forced across the border to take shelter in neighbouring Uganda.

Tourists have left and people's livelihoods have been destroyed.

For daily updates from ActionAid representatives in Kenya, read our special blog.

Our response on the ground

ActionAid responded immediately by providing safe clean water for 2,000 people in Nairobi and Mombassa, as well as distributing dry food, blankets and mosquito nets. We are setting up four crisis centres in slum areas to provide medical and psychological support to people caught up in the crisis.

But we urgently need to reach more people in the affected regions and provide them with essential supplies like food, medicine and shelter.

As well as immediate relief, our work will continue over the coming months. Most importantly, we will work closely with local communities to help put an end to the violence and promote the message of peace.

We will also help families who have fled get back home and restart their lives

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