The majority are women and children, says UNICEF. The children’s agency is warning that the violence is the symptom of deep rooted problems, including widespread poverty.
The UN is estimating that as many as 500,000 may need long-term assistance and there are fears that the unrest could affect humanitarian operations in neighbouring Sudan, Uganda and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Children in many of the affected parts of the country have long suffered from chronic malnutrition. The recent violence and subsequent displacement of over 250,000 people, threatens the lives of already vulnerable children and women.
The fighting has claimed the lives of between 500 and 600 Kenyans, according to police reports.
UNICEF is distributing food, water, medicines and shelter to affected populations.
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