In Summary
  • The Boni have for decades been hunting, gathering wild fruits.  
  • Boni Forest was declared a no-go zone due to security reasons.
  • Mr Golja said they trek long distances in search of the fish in lakes, ponds, rivers and in the Indian Ocean.

More than 2000 residents of Pandanguo village in Lamu West are facing acute shortage of food and water.

The residents, mainly from the Boni community, have for the past four years depended on relief food from the national government and non-governmental organisations.

The Boni have for decades been hunting, gathering wild fruits.  

Their activities were, however, halted since 2015 shortly after the national government launched an ongoing multi-agency security operation Linda Boni which is meant to flush out Al-Shabaab militants believed to be hiding inside the dense Boni Forest. Boni Forest was declared a no-go zone due to security reasons.

MODERN FARMING

Efforts by the community to embrace modern farming have proved futile following drought. The villagers told the Nation that all their crops had dried up due to drought.

Pandanguo village elder Aden Golja said they had been forced to feed on fish only.

Mr Golja said they trek long distances in search of the fish in lakes, ponds, rivers and in the Indian Ocean to feed their families.

He said their lives have become unbearable, especially after the government and donors stopped giving them relief food several months ago.

Before the government launched the Linda Boni Operation, it pledged to support the Boni community.

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