IOM pre-positions humanitarian aid ahead of Kenya elections

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As Monday's general election in Kenya approaches, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is getting ready to help in the event people are displaced by violence as has happened in the past.

The agency has stockpiled relief items including blankets, plastic sheets, jerry cans, cooking utensils and soap.

IOM says it has also identified the response capacity of organizations working in all seven potential political hot spots across the country.

Chris Lom is the IOM spokesperson in Geneva.

"As the lead humanitarian agency for shelter and non-food relief items in Kenya, IOM has been working closely with the government to develop a sectoral strategy and contingency plans in readiness for any problems that arise in the wake of the elections. As you will recall in the past, Kenyan elections have seen pre and post-election violence since 1992 that has actually displaced thousands of people." (27")

Citing figures from the Norwegian Refugee Council, Mr. Lom says there are still roughly 118,000 people displaced from the last bout of post-election violence in 2007 and 2008.

He says it is therefore "extremely important" for the government and humanitarian agencies to be prepared for anything that could go wrong following the next week's poll.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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