Monday, 12 March 2018, Nairobi: The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has received at least 2,000 Ethiopian asylum seekers in Moyale Town following their displacement from Ethiopia.
The displaced persons are hosted in four centers namely Butiye (500 persons), Somare (400 persons), Cifa (100 persons) and Sessi (1000 persons), some of whom are staying with relatives and well-wishers. The asylum seekers began streaming in on Saturday, 10th March 2018 around 10 PM majority of them being women and children.
KRCS immediately released family kits (Tarpaulins, Kitchen sets, Mosquito nets, Bar soaps, Thermal Blankets, and Jerrycans), which were distributed among the displaced families.
More support was in the form of Inter-Agency Emergency Health Kits (Basic Unit, Supplementary Unit, and Malaria Kit) and reproductive health kits (Kit 2A).
A medical team of 12 people was further dispatched consisting of Nurses, Clinical Officers, Public Health Officers, as well as Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Officers. The county government of Marsabit has also provided food to the displaced persons and more support is expected following the formation a Sub County Steering Group that aims to effectively address the issue.
Rapid assessment is ongoing to establish the specific cross-sector needs.