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Kenya: Overlooked and neglected - the fate of displaced pastoralists in northern Kenya

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 29 November 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Kenya: Overlooked and neglected - the fate of displaced pastoralists in northern Kenya, 29 November 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50bc675a2.html [accessed 11 July 2014]
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Over 5000 pastoralists who fled a large scale military deployment in the north of Kenya two weeks ago remain largely unaccounted for. Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki had ordered the army to the town of Baragoi to respond to an armed ambush on police officers on 10 November. 42 officers, who were there to recover lost cattle, were killed during the attack.

Many of theinternally displaced pastoralists from Baragoi, already vulnerable due to drought, fled with few possessions. Many, who were stranded in Samburu district and elsewhere, largely lacked assistance. Last week the Kenyan Red Cross delivered relief supplies to hundreds of families who had fled.

Localized conflicts in Kenya have become more frequent and intense in the run up the 2013 elections. The formation of new tribe-based alliances signals a likely increase in flashpoints for conflict.

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