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Last Updated: Monday January 14 2008 06:09 GMT

Lizo visits emergency camp in Kenya

Lizo chatting to Mercy

Hundreds of thousands of people in Kenya are living in emergency camps after fleeing their homes when violence broke out across the country.

People have been fighting about the result of the recent presidential election, won by Mwai Kibaki, which many people think was unfair.

Newsround's Lizo travelled to Kenya to see what life is like for children who've been affected by the trouble.

"Two things really hit you when you walk into the emergency camps. One is the huge number of people crammed into the area. And the second is how many of them are children.

Children at one of the emergency camps
The people in charge told us that more than half of the people needing help were kids.

I spoke to lots of different children there who told me how they'd fled from their homes because of the violence.

Upsetting stories

For them the camps are a safe place for them to stay until they can return. Some of them were with families, others had lost their parents and were there alone.

Every single child I met told me very upsetting stories about their experiences before they came to the camps. Some of them feared that they or their families would be killed in the violence.

Life inside the camps isn't easy for kids. I spent a day with a 12-year-old girl called Mercy. She told me how they get three meals a day, but sometimes have to queue for up to two hours a day in the scorching heat to get them.

And she showed me the room where she sleeps every night on a hard concrete floor, crammed in along with dozens of other people.

But she and the other children I met were really happy that they were being looked after. They spent a lot of time playing with the other children there. Games like football and skipping were the most popular.

More violence

Many people didn't have time to stop for any of their belongings when they left their homes. But thanks to charities and aid organisations they're given essential things like clothes and blankets.

Some of the children I met were hopeful about Kenya's future. But others believed that although things have calmed down in the past few days, more violence in the country is unavoidable."

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