In Summary
  • Violence follows the killing of six people and destruction of property in a span of one month in retaliatory attacks.

  • Officials of the Kenya Red Cross Society visited Kapushen and Kamelei to assess the situation and provide relief supplies.
  • Two secondary schools, Kamelei and Tapach, have also been closed as parents relocate with their children.

Hundreds of families are fleeing the West Pokot and Elgeyo-Marakwet border following renewed attacks which have led to burning down of more than 200 houses and stealing of unknown number of animals.

The violence follows the killing of six people and destruction of property in a span of one month in retaliatory attacks between the Pokot and Marakwet communities.

Some of the affected areas include Ptsonu, Kapusheni, Serena and Kamelei from where residents have fled.

RELIEF SUPPLIES

Officials of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) visited Kapushen and Kamelei to assess the situation and provide food and non-food items to affected a families.

Learning has also been paralysed in the area after seven schools closed as a result of the raids which have led to hundreds of families relocating to safer areas. 

Among the schools which have been closed include Kapushen, Kamelei, Ptsonu, Sopowen, Tarak, Tapach, Pialang and Kamonges primary schools.

Two secondary schools, Kamelei and Tapach, have also been closed as parents relocate with their children.

STOP REVENGE ATTACKS

Speaking at Katiany Village, Kamelei location Tapach ward, KRCS Rift Valley Regional Manager Michael Ayabei called for calm while cautioning the communities against revenge attacks.

“Women and children are the most affected because residents from both communities have migrated. We have supplied a kitty of soap, tarpaulins, water jerricans and blankets,” he said.

He said the society will engage in peace building in order to reconcile the two communities.

Kamelei Sub-Location Assistant Chief Benjamin Kelan asked the government to beef up security in the area.

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