22 January 2016

Kenya: Anxious Families Await News On Missing Soldiers

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Kenyans lit candles at Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park, on January 21, 2016, during a vigil in honour of KDF soldiers who were killed when Al-Shabaab militia attacked a camp in Somalia.

Sierra Leone Estate in Gilgil Town, Nakuru County, is pregnant with anxiety.

The tension is so heavy that any stranger driving into the area can feel it.

On hearing the sound of any approaching vehicle, residents step out of their houses, curious to find out who is coming.

Sierra Leone is one of the estates started by soldiers who engaged in peacekeeping efforts in the early 1990s. As such, most residents are members of army families.

A source said residents have been waiting for official communication from the government on the fate of the Kenyan soldiers from the estate.

No wonder they become anxious when they hear the sound of approaching vehicles.


For the sixth day running, families of soldiers based in Gilgil have continued to endure uncertainly over the fate of their loved ones fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

This followed an attack on a Kenya Defence Forces camp in Somalia by the terrorists.

Individuals who spoke to the Nation said despite visiting the Kenyatta Barracks, where a trauma centre had been set up, details regarding the attack remained scanty, leaving them even more disturbed.

"I went to the army camp and was told that the operation in Somalia is delicate, with the attackers having planted explosives.

They informed me to be patient as the operation continues," said a woman who had gone to find out the fate of her husband.

The woman was in the company of several other people who were enquiring about the whereabouts of their loved ones.

Ms Donela Achieng is also keen to know the fate of her husband, also serving in Somalia.

"I went to the help desk yesterday but they didn't give me much information," she said. "I was only told to go home and wait."

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