In Summary
  • Turkana North MP Christopher Nakileau says at least 250,000 in need of urgent food relief.
  • Herders have since migrated with their animals to lands near the Ethiopia-South Sudan border in search of pasture and water.

Thousands of Turkana residents are in need of food relief after a devastating locust invasion decimated their food crops and vegetation, an MP has said.

Turkana North MP Christopher Nakileau on Thursday appealed to the Turkana County government, national government and humanitarian agencies to hasten relief efforts for at least 250,000 people he said are facing starvation.

A locust swarm invaded Turkana County in June and decimated thousands of acres of food crops and vegetation with Kibish and Turkana North sub counties the hardest hit.

“The pastoralists have no pasture for their livestock that forms main source of food after the vast vegetation was damaged by the pests. Drought resistant crops like sorghum and millet were likewise destroyed by locusts, subjecting many households to severe food shortage,” said Turkana North MP Christopher Nakuleau.

The MP said herders have since migrated with their animals to lands near the Ethiopia-South Sudan border in search of pasture and water, where he said, a local militia called Toposa is mobilising to attack herders as competition for scarce resources heats up.

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