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Life in Garissa worse after terrorist attacks

I moved to Garissa in early 2008. My family and I decided to settle here because we were targeted during the post-election violence.

We left because we feared being victims of the attacks.

In the 2007/2008 political chaos, Garissa did not experience any form of violence compared to other counties.

The county was very peaceful hence attracted many citizens living in affected areas.

My life in Garissa has been very smooth partly because of the people here.

They are very welcoming and peaceful.

I have never experienced any form of discrimination incident from residents here.

With such attacks going on, I feel scared because non-Muslims are often targeted.

But what people are forgetting is that the terrorists are aiming to divide us.

When I get angry and leave, they will be winning.

Nelson Otieno, 32, Construction worker

If there is anyone’s heart that beats for the good of Garissa County, that person is me.

I was born and bred here 32 years ago by a father who wholeheartedly worked for the wellbeing of this county.

He was a staff member of the then Provincial Commissioner’s office in Garissa.

People here are good, friendly and warm.

I played with them, went to school with them, was treated with them in hospitals and now I work for them.

Over the years, I’ve seen this town grow both economically and politically.

But the recent events of killings by terror gangs has left me with nothing but prayer.

Prayer that all this would stop and I’ll be living a peaceful life.

Nothing will prosper if the area is in turmoil.

I have a family here and nowadays, I prefer praying with them at home and not go to church for fear of being attacked.

Jeremiah Okello, 30, High school teacher

IN January 2011, I received a call from my friend who was working here in Garissa.

He was a teacher. He told me there was a job opportunity.

I was teaching in a private school in Nairobi at that time. I considered the offer, packed and travelled to Garissa.

The town was very safe at that time. No one in my family questioned my decision since they all knew how stable this county was.

Eight months later is when attacks started. KDF went to Somalia in October of the same year.

The Garissa of today and that of 2011 when I came is very different. In a way, I feel targeted. Going away is not an option; that is my stand.

The government with people’s collaboration is the only way we can win this war.

Pressure is there especially from my family back in Kisumu. They want me back but I have decided to stay.

Mary Ndunda, 29, Nurse

I am a nurse at Iftin Medical Clinic.

I graduated from Mombasa Polytechnic in November of 2011.

The thought of coming to work in Garissa had never crossed my mind.

One of my classmates was working here. She called me and told me there was a clinic looking for nurses.

Since I did not have a job, I decided to come and work here. People here are peaceful but impatient. That is their main challenge.

When such attacks happen I feel bad and sometimes get traumatised because of the images and its magnitude. I hope that the authorities will stop these attacks.

The issue of leaving Garissa should be a No-No for the non-locals like us. Apart from Garissa, other places in the country have also been attacked.

Their mission is to make sure we turn against each other. Let us not fall to their plan.

Courtersy of Daily Nation

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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Floods displace hundreds in Garissa

The victims are camping at Amuma Primary School after their homes were either swept away or brought down by the torrential rains that pounded the area for three consecutive days. Speaking in Garissa town, Jarajila Ward Representative Mahat Osman said the affected families are now taking refuge at the primary school, which was not affected by the floods since it is located at a higher ground. “Nobody was killed in the raging rain waters which almost submerged the entire village but more than 1,000 families were rendered homeless for the last three days”, he said. The MCA said the entire village, which is about 8km from Somalia border, were completely flattened and turned into a pool of water.
He said a humanitarian crisis is looming with children, women and elderly people showing signs of bad health and fatigue from sleeping in the open at the school’s open grounds since the classrooms couldn’t accommodate the big numbers. “The displaced lack basic necessities such as bedding, shelter, foodstuffs and medicine. Children particularly under five were affected by the cold and they are coughing a lot,” he said.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

54 killed in Turkana-East Pokot border attack, Kenya Red Cross says

At least 54 people have been killed in clashes between communities on the Turkana- East Pokot border according to Kenya Red Cross. The clashes at Nadome village have also left about 350 families displaced and are currently camping at Nabokut and Nasoret areas. “After a long trek to the scene, our team on the ground has reported 54 people dead. Five critical cases (have been) evacuated to hospital,” said the organisation on its Twitter handle on Wednesday adding that at least 400 goats were stolen in the raid.

The organisation added its rescue team was also preparing to depart Loyangalani with a young patient who needs specialised treatment in Nairobi. The Kenya Red Cross update on the clashes between Turkana and Pokot pastoralists contradicts information given earlier by Mr Peter Pamba, the officer leading Administration Police in the operation who said the police had found no bodies and therefore no killings had occurred.

“We were at the scene but did not see anything,” he had told Nation.co.ke on Tuesday evening after reports claimed that 46 people had been killed in a bandit raid. “We will continue with the operation tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Mr Pamba. Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Osman Warfa had said 46 people were killed in the attack.

Courtersy of Daily Nation

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized