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Kenya: Local Red Cross operation continues

08-10-1997 News Release 97/40

The Kenya Red Cross Society is pursuing the operation it launched on 13 August after violence broke out in the region of Mombasa, claiming dozens of lives and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Some 4,000 displaced persons who took refuge in seven churches and mosques are receiving food and other basic necessities, a medical team is treating about 60 patients a day, and hygiene conditions are being monitored so as to prevent any outbreak of infectious diseases. Thanks to the Red Cross message network, moreover, some of the displaced have been able to get in touch with their relatives once again: so far 80 replies have been received to some 420 Red Cross messages sent around the country and abroad, giving as many victims reason to hope that they will soon be reunited with their loved ones.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Red Cross is keeping a close watch on the humanitarian situation and stands ready to take action if new needs should arise. " These population movements will probably continue until after the general elections scheduled for the end of the year " , said Alex Munai, who is in charge of the Society's programmes. " We are therefore putting together a plan of action that will enable us to meet needs during the coming three months. "