Violence in Kenya

NAKURU Region, Kenya - Civil unrest and outbursts of ethnic violence has created a serious humanitarian crisis in Kenya.

More than a quarter of a million people have been uprooted after President Mwai Kibaki was returned to power late December in a disputed election.

The resulting hostility has caused many tribes to rehash old geographic boundary lines and economic power struggles.
"This crisis is much more than angry party supporters fighting over a disputed election," said David Darg, Operation Blessing's deputy director of international programs, who is on the ground in Kenya. "The election was just the straw that broke the camel's back and years of ethnic tensions have surfaced."

OBI has teamed up with International Aid Services to respond to the growing crisis and thousands of displaced people who have fled their homes. Together, a 2-month project has been set into motion that will reach 15,000 people in four villages with aid. A combined total of more than $115,000 from the two organizations has been poured into the project. In addition to food, blankets, mattresses, sanitation kits, clothes, medication and utensil kits, relief efforts will also include trauma counseling for families.

"Many families have lost their homes and possessions to looters and will face uncertain economic futures," Darg said. "This, coupled with the current violence, has left many people in need of counseling."

Peacekeepers are also en route to the area to help restore order. According to published reports, to date, approximately 900 deaths have been reported since the election.

You can take part in helping displaced families in Kenya by making an online donation toward OBI's disaster relief fund. With your support, we can continue to provide food, medical care and more to thousands of hurting people in Kenya. Please pray for the people in Kenya.

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