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Charities continue their efforts to help displaced people in Kenya

Published 06/01/2008

Charities were today continuing their efforts to help people made homeless by the violence in Kenya.

Medical aid organisation Merlin warned that supplies of food and clean water

were running ``dangerously low'', sparking fears of health risks from diarrhoea,

infection and dehydration.

Some 250,000 to 300,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

The charity's country health director, Dr Afeworki Abraham, speaking from

Nairobi, said displaced people had flooded into Nyanza province, in the west of

the country, from the north.

``They are staying anywhere they can find - police stations, churches, parks.

It is hard to get food because the roads are blocked by gangs.

``We are assisting the ministry of health to vaccinate children against

measles, and we are using medicines we have to fight common diseases.

``It is also a priority to combat malaria by providing mosquito nets, at least

for pregnant women and children, and we are trying to give people as much clean

water as possible.''

Staff and volunteers of the Kenya Red Cross have been working to provide

support to people.

A spokeswoman for Oxfam said Kenya was well provided with its own agencies, but

the organisation was considering ways it could assist, such as potentially

providing sanitation facilities and other necessities at camps where displaced

people had gathered.

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