11 June 2012

Ghana: Tindongo And Namolog Men Flee for Safety

Hundreds of young men in the combating communities of Tindongo and Namolog in the Talensi-Nabdam District of the Upper East Region have fled their homes for fear of being arrested by the police four days after conflict broke out in the area, resulting in the deaths of four people.

The police, on Wednesday, conducted a dawn swoop at Tindongo and Namolog, during which twenty-six people were picked up. Varied offensive weapons, including single barrel guns, bows and arrows, machetes and long knifes were retrieved.

It would be recalled that four people were butchered to death, when men of the two feuding communities clashed over a parcel of land last Tuesday, June 5. The police were called in and calm was later restored. About ten houses were also razed to the ground.

During the swoop, some people, mainly males, escaped and fled into the bush. They have not returned, and even more have also deserted their homes, leaving only women and children who are now being superintended over by the police and the military.

Although the residents of the two communities are predominantly farmers, the land is very rocky and no effective crop production can take place except livestock. Meanwhile, some domestic animals were also killed during the violence.

As a result, a visit to the community revealed that some of the women and children, who are now the occupants in the houses, were starving because their husbands and fathers who used to squeeze "water out of stones" had fled.

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