The Star (Nairobi)

21 January 2013

Kenya: Diseases Plague Marigat Banditry Victims

More than 10,000 people displaced by bandits in Marigat have been hit by disease outbreaks. The people, who include 400 children, are seeking refuge at the St Martins Catholic Church where they are living in camps.

Human rights activist Harun ole Mpaka said the government has failed to supply relief food and medicine to the victims. Mpaka asked the government to intervene and supply food and drugs to the displaced families who are suffering from Malaria and Pneumonia.

"The situation here is critical and unless aid is sent, people will die of starvation and diseases," he said during a visit to the church on Saturday.

He said a local dispensary treats more than 40 children suffering from malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea daily. The families, mostly from Arabal location, were displaced by heavily armed bandits, who burned down some of their houses, two weeks ago. Ten schools in the area are yet to be opened even though the government insists that it has deployed adequate security in the area.

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