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UN steps up relief efforts for Kenyans

world Updated: Jan 09, 2008 17:08 IST
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With the improvement in security situation in Kenya, the UN has increased its efforts to deliver critical relief for upto 2,55,000 people displaced by last week's post-election violence.

The UN Country Team in Kenya, which is working with the Kenya Red Cross Society, national and international NGOs and faith-based groups, accelerated its response to help the Kenyans.

The first seven of 11 trucks from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) with enough food to feed 38,000 people for two weeks arrived in the western town of Eldoret from the port city of Mombasa, where they had been stranded during the first days of the crisis.
"Trucks with assistance are moving, distributions are taking place and assessments are underway," Peter Smerdon of the WFP said.

So far, WFP had drawn on its stocks from other operations in Kenya to provide 670 tonnes of food in Eldoret, while a similar amount has been stockpiled in Nairobi to be used to feed the hungry in the slums.

Another 40 tonnes had been sent to the western port town of Kisumu, where the agency and its partners are planning to assist some 3,000 internally-displaced persons.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that though the situation in the country was slowly returning to normal, aid workers agreed that many Kenyans will feel the effects of the crisis for some time to come.