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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

 

more funds to marginalized counties

The county assembly has been asked to set up a fund for development projects in marginalized areas . MP for Sigowet/Soin mentioned that;  this will bring the semi-arid constituency at par with other regions ,which had been marginalized by previous governments. The Questioned is, what about the current insecurity menace? leaders in this counties must speak in one voice to end banditry

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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pastoral IDPs yet to be recognized

Mochongoi residents receive food donations from the baringo senator Hon. Gideon Moi ,area leaders led by Moses Lemeluk receive 100 bags of maize in kabarak on 3/3/2014.
The donation was meant to help boost the families that are hosting displaced person from Arabal, Mukutani and Chebinyiny locations. The senator had  promised the community during his visit at Kabel on Sunday .Mochongoi residents are currently hosting families affected by the ongoing banditry in Arabal and Mukutani locations.

Baringo leaders need to be more proactive for the realization of peace in the entire county ,area chiefs were put on notice by the county commissioner peter okwanyo as the government moved to stamp out the insecurity which has left more than 20 people dead and 5,000 displaced in the past one month. Land and Natural resources available in this  areas is the root causes of this menace ,the government should come up with affirmative action to restore peace ,resettle the displaced persons or give them alternative land to enable them continue with their livelihoods.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Climate change a reality in ASALs counties

Some 1.6 million Kenyans are acutely food-insecure and will need immediate assistance over the next six months, the Government has said. Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru said the hardest hit are areas that experienced extremely poor rainfall particularly in the pastoral zones of the north and north eastern counties – Mandera, Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir and parts of Tana River County.. This is according to the assessment report on the country’s current drought and food security situation in the arid and semi-arid land (ASALs) counties in the country. The report was released yesterday by Ms Waiguru.
The Devolution CS pointed out that the most critical period for the affected areas are between February and end of March 2015. “There are varying degrees of drought stress in the ASALs counties but emergency conditions have not yet been reached largely due to the interventions from the national government and other stake holders. Further deterioration of the situation can be contained by timely and effective response particularly in the water, health and nutrition, livestock and security sectors,” she said.

Waiguru said at the ASALs inter-governmental consultative meeting that it was noted the short rains of November and December 2014 had been poor, given the rains started late and ended early in most of the arid and semi-arid counties. The CS pointed out that despite the situation, the Government will continue to undertake different interventions. “With regard to relief food provisions, the Ministry of Devolution will continue to provide monthly relief food rations to the counties that are food-insecure. In addition, there will be a scaling-up of the authority to incur expenditure for distribution to ensure that county commissioners are able to distribute the food to all affected areas,” she explained. CASH TRANSFERS. She added that the Ministry of Agriculture will ensure all the National Cereals and Produce Board stores in ASALs areas are stocked with maize. Waiguru pointed out that the national government had disbursed Sh279 million to 16 counties since August last year to implement their contingency plans with further disbursement being availed on request by the affected counties.
There is need for early warning systems to be put in place at the county government level, the affected communities to trained more on climate change effects , resilience and how they can mitigate to prevent losses

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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The prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act no.32 of 2011

An act of parliament to prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation,to safeguard against violation of person’s mental or physical integrity through the practice of female genital mutilation and for connected purposes.

“Female genital mutilation “comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs,or any harmful procedure to the female genitalia ,for non-medical reasons.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in latest news, Uncategorized

 

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