KRCS is urgently appealing for donations for Tana River Clash Victims, with particular regard for the women and children who continue to suffer most.
118 people have lost their lives and more than 13,500 displaced and another more than 30,000 people affected by the ethno-political clashes that have been ongoing in parts of Tana Delta for the last four weeks, starting on the night of 13th August 2012.
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has been in Tana Delta since then, offering the much needed humanitarian services ( emergency health, shelter, water and sanitation response in Tana Delta) to people affected by the conflict most of who have settled in temporary camps in Dide Waride, Witu, Mpeketoni. Others have moved to, Mamburi, Marerani and Lamu districts. More people are camping in swampy forests along the shores of the Tana River in Kau, Kilelangwani, Tizama Lako and Ozi.
Over 13,500 people – half of them children , mother and elderly are sheltered at Red cross temporary camps in Dide Waride, Witu, Mpeketoni, Ozi, Kau, Tizama Lako , Marereni and Mambrui in the Tana River County, but numbers are increasing daily with hundreds of new arrivals from the ongoing Tana Clashes.
Conditions at the Red Cross IDP camp in Tana County are harsh, with chilly temperatures, swampy conditions and frequent downpour that rip through the camp. As the number of children and women increases, so does the risk of disease outbreaks. Since the onset of the clashes three weeks ago KRCS has partnered with the Ministry of Health to carry out integrated medical outreach camps to immunize children under five, many of whom will have missed routine vaccinations due to the violence. KRCS has scaled up pychosocial and trauma support in the camps for distressed IDP’s who need special care after experiencing extreme levels of violence and donated clothes.