16 November 2011

Kenya: Over 3,000 Families Flee Clashes in Isiolo, Tigania

MORE than 3,000 families from Kambi Garba, Game Lotik, Ngaremara and Kisima in Isiolo and Tigania East districts have fled their homes following a series of attacks. Most of the villagers are camping at the Catholic Church in Ngaremara. Other villagers have rented houses within town. Tension is still high in the area.

At Kambi Garba, Olla Odha, Olla Bulle and LMD, resident started fleeing on Saturday. The Kenya Red Cross Society officials yesterday said more than 2,000 families were have been displaced. Isiolo branch coordinator George Muragori said the families have fled the affected areas for fear of more attacks.

The official said the families have been provided with blankets, mosquito nets, soaps and other home essentials. He said the families were reluctant to return back home following fears of more attacks. At Ngaremara, some families fled to Samburu East. More than six schools in the areas have been closed down.

The government has since then deployed GSU, AP and regular police officers to beef up security in the area. The residents are appealing to the government to intensify security surveillance to ensure that their property is safeguarded. Eastern PC Claire Omollo yesterday held a crisis meeting in Isiolo. The meeting was aimed at diffusing the tension in the area.

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