Crisis in Kenya: Land, displacement and the search for 'durable solutions'
Samir Elhawary - Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute
Dr. John Tabu Simiyu - Head of Disaster Management at the Kenya Red Cross
Nuur Mohamud Sheekh - Country Analyst, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Timothy Othieno - Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Accusations of irregularities during the December 2007 elections in Kenya sparked widespread violence that has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people and prompted a mass displacement crisis in which an estimated half a million people have been forced to flee their homes.
This event will present an HPG Policy Briefing that analyses post-election displacement, resettlement and return in relation to land issues in Kenya. It questions some of the prevailing wisdom concerning 'durable solutions' to displacement in Kenya, with a view to informing discussions about humanitarian and early recovery interventions. It argues that simply returning people home, without addressing wider issues of land and reconciliation, will just postpone a subsequent round of conflict-induced displacement.