In Summary
  • Early last week, the government had directed the over 2,000 IDPs to vacate the camp and return home.
  • The IDPs had vowed not to move out of the camp until the government compensates them for the time spent there.
  • Mr Mgumba said the government'S order for the IDPs to go back home came as a shock to them.
  • They said it was unfortunate that the government had started cutting down on aid to the camps.

A section of terror IDPs at Katsaka Kairu camp in Lamu County have heeded the government’s call to go back to their villages after security was restored.

Early last week, the government had directed the over 2,000 IDPs to vacate the camp and return home but many of them refused to leave.

The IDPs had vowed not to move out of the camp until the government compensates them for the time spent there and also for the loss they incurred in their farms back home while at the camp.

They had also said they feared for their lives once they returned home despite assurances that their villages are now safe and free from Al-Shabaab attacks.

Nation established that by Wednesday this week, almost 40 percent of the IDPs at Katsaka Kairu had gone back home with those remaining promising to do so before the end of the month.

AL-SHABAAB

Following Al-Shabaab attacks in Pandanguo, Jima, Poromoko and Maleli several months ago, villagers fled to IDP camps in Katsaka Kairu and the Witu AIC Church.

The villagers mostly from Kakathe, Maleli, Nyongoro, Taa and Boramoyo found themselves as IDPs after they were asked to leave their villages in order to pave way for a security operation meant to flush out Al-Shabaab militants from within and around their villages.

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