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Kenya: UN aid appeal after post-election turmoil

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Kenya: UN aid appeal after post-election turmoil


The United Nations has launched an urgent appeal for humanitarian aid to help an estimated half a million people affected by violence in Kenya. More than two weeks after President Mwai Kibaki was sworn-in, the opposition continues to protest what they call his stolen victory.

There is still anger at the disputed result, especially in Kisumu, the heartland of the opposition. But faced with a heavy police presence, enthusiasm for protests may be fading. Demonstrators from Nairobi’s slums did try to get into the centre of the capital, but in far fewer numbers than in the days immediately after December’s election.

More than 600 people are thought to have died so far, and a quarter of a million left homeless.

International criticism is mounting.

The European Union threatened to freeze aid to Kenya until the crisis is resolved, while the United States said it could not be sure who actually won the election, and said it may have been rigged.

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