Disease, violence leave Kenya on brink

Kenya on brink violenceMARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA is on the verge of refugee and disease crises.
This follows projections 500 000 will be displaced by a violent election and the closure of the world’s largest refugee centre.
Both are set for later this year.
Elections are scheduled for August, three months after the closure of the Dadaab camp.
Some 220 000 people risk post-election displacement. Over 1 500 were killed and 600 000 displaced after the 2007/08 poll.
The proposed closure of Dadaab will affect 300 000 refugees, mostly Somalian.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) yesterday (Monday) said children were most at risk amid tension ahead of polls and the Dabaab closure.
An estimated 337 000 children under five are expected to require treatment for moderate acute malnutrition.
Disease epidemics, including measles and chikungunya fever continue, while risk factors for yellow fever outbreaks remain.
Poor rains have left 1,3 million people starving in Kenya.
Malnutrition has increased by 25 percent since July 2016.

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