12 January 2013

Kenya: Crisis As 10,000 Are Displaced in Marigat

The number of people displaced in Marigat due to insecurity has risen to more than 10,000 in the last two days.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Marigat DC Saul Muyaywa said government has sent in more than 100 GSU personnel along with other security teams to help restore calm in the area.

He said tension is still high especially within Arabal location which is the most affected causing families to flee in fear of further attacks.

He said more than 10 people have been killed in retaliatory attacks between the Pokot and Tugen communities over rustling.

He said schools have also been affected not only due to insecurity but because some displaced people are camping in their compounds. This has made at least ten schools close.

"We are working hard to ensure that schools re-open next week. We do not want our children to be disadvantaged when they sit the national exams," he said.

Muyaywa said Kenya Red Cross has moved in to help displaced families who are currently camping at various churches in the area.

Red cross officials said the situation has caused a humanitarian crisis in the region.

They called for speed resolution of the same for forestall further suffering by residents.

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