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01/24/2008Abuses increase against women and children displaced in Kenya
01/08/2008World Vision distributing aid to more than 150,000 displaced Kenyans

Abuses increase against women and children displaced in Kenya


Weeks after Kenya’s disputed elections, aid workers are reporting increasing abuse against women and children as violence continues to affect the poor and vulnerable.


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Thousands have fled the post-election violence, only to face the threat of rape and abuse in displacement camps, according to Rhoda Kasimbu, a child rights advocate and aid worker for World Vision.

“Displaced people continue to camp in temporary, makeshift structures that do not meet international humanitarian standards,” Kasimbu says. “Moreover, these camps are unsafe for children and women since they sleep together in the same areas as men—increasing the likelihood of abuse. This situation is poised to lead to post-traumatic challenges and the children need assistance to recover fully,” Kasimbu adds. Read more ...

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Lucy Wangala, 22, holds her 10-month-old daughter Lucy Wanja. They fled their home in Malaba, Kenya and sought shelter at a refugee reception center in Uganda.
Lucy Wangala, 22, holds her 10-month-old daughter Lucy Wanja. They fled their home in Malaba, Kenya and sought shelter at a refugee reception center in Uganda. Photo by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision

Displaced children take a rest under a parked tuck at the internally displaced persons center in the Kenyan Busia Police station.
With her few belongings, 55-year-old Mary Wanja Dirango lives and sleeps under a truck parked at a centerfor Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Busia police station on the Kenya side of the border. Photo by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision
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Kenyan refugee mother Margaret Wamboi and her children sit in a classroom at a school where they are taking shelter. Their property was looted and their house was burned down.Eunice Wamboi, 8, carrys her brother Joseph Mwaura, 2, on her back at the refugee center at Busia Integrated Primary School. Eunice and her family fled their home in Marachi, Kenya.
Kenyan refugee mother Margaret Wamboi and her children sit in a classroom at a school where they are taking shelter. Their property was looted and their house was burned down.
Photo by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision
Eunice Wamboi, 8, carrys her brother Joseph Mwaura, 2, on her back at the refugee center at Busia Integrated Primary School. Eunice and her family fled their home in Marachi, Kenya.
Photo by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision


Sipora Nyakabi Muigai and other elderly women live inside a mini-bus parked at the IDP center at Busia police station on the Kenya side of the border.
Kenyan children at the Busia Integrated Primary School eat a meal of beans and posho (made from maize meal) provided by Uganda Red Cross.
Sipora Nyakabi Muigai and other elderly women live inside a mini-bus parked at the IDP center at Busia police station on the Kenya side of the border.
Photo by Raphael Palma/World Vision
Kenyan children eat a meal of beans and posho (made from maize meal) provided by Uganda Red Cross. World Vision is partnering with the Kenya Red Cross.
Photo by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision


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