Displaced people living in "deplorable" conditions in Kenya

A woman and children at a shelter in a site for internally displaced people in Kenya

There is an urgent need for the authorities in Kenya to change the 'deplorable' conditions in which displaced people live in the country.

That's the conclusion of Chaloka Beyani, an independent United Nations expert who has just completed a nine-day visit to Kenya.

He has been looking into the situation of people displaced for various reasons, including the violence that followed the 2007 election.

That violence left an estimated 600,000 people homeless.

Mr. Beyani says although the government has helped the displaced people, a lot still needs to be done.

"Those still in IDP camps live in conditions that are deplorable in terms of shelter, in terms of health, respiratory diseases, lack of access to education. For example, the tents that they were given, which have a life span of only six months, are almost completely worn out. And as the rains come they get drenched. When it's too hot, the sunshine, of course, bears down upon them aggressively."

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