In Summary
  • Those displaced are from Pandanguo, Jima, Poromoko, Nyongoro, Maleli, Kakathe, Chumburu and Moa.
  • Others had to move out of their villages to pave way for the ongoing multi-agency Operation Linda Boni.
  • Lamu County government will also post several nurses to Witu Dispensary to help those in the camps.

The Lamu County government has distributed relief food to residents who fled their homes due to fear of Al-Shabaab attacks and who are currently putting up in various camps in Witu Division, Lamu West.

A total of 150 bags of rice, 160 bales of wheat flour, 120 cartons of cooking fat and five bags of sugar were given to the residents through the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) which has been given the mandate to distribute the relief food and at the same time get data on all the affected individuals.

More than 800 residents from Pandanguo, Jima, Poromoko, Nyongoro, Maleli, Kakathe, Chumburu and Moa have fled their homes for fear of being attacked by Al-Shabaab militants.

LINDA BONI

Others had to move out of their villages to pave way for the ongoing multi-agency Operation Linda Boni whose major target is to flush out Al-Shabaab militants believed to be hiding inside Boni forest.

On Wednesday, Lamu Governor Issa Timamy together with other top county officials visited the displaced families in all the four camps and pledged to support them.

At Kastaka Kairu camp which is the largest so far, about 400 people, most of whom are women and children from Maleli, Nyongoro, Moa, Kakathe and Chumburu villages have already taken refuge at the centre after fleeing insecurity in their villages.

Another camp has been set up close to Witu Primary School and holds more than 200 people mostly from the Boni minority community in Pandanguo Village.

Some of the families displaced due to fears of Al-Shabaab attacks now camping at Witu. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Some of the families displaced due to fears of Al-Shabaab attacks now camping at Witu. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

SECURITY

The AIC church Witu camp is currently holding more than 30 families while more than 100 others are putting up at the Witu Catholic Church.

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