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Ngomeni conflict assessment preliminary report on 11th June 2015

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015.

The Kamba farming community and Somali patoralists communities have lived side by side in the areas of Kanyunyu and Kasiluni in Kyuso sub County of Mwingi North constituency with little conflict over the years.

The Kamba farming community and Somali patoralists communities have lived side by side in the areas of Kanyunyu and Kasiluni in Kyuso sub County of Mwingi North constituency with little conflict over the years.

On Monday 1st June 2015 some camels belonging to herders who were returning to Boka after watering their livestock in Musyimukuu strayed into the farms and destroyed crops of a young man.Conflict erupted when the young man started removing the livestock from his farm.The herders resisted and a fight ensued whereby one of the herder was killed. The incident was then reported to farmers at Madongoi who later called the police.

On Monday 1st June 2015 some camels belonging to herders who were returning to Boka after watering their livestock in Musyimukuu strayed into the farms and destroyed crops of a young man.Conflict erupted when the young man started removing the livestock from his farm.The herders resisted and a fight ensued whereby one of the herder was killed. The incident was then reported to farmers at Madongoi who later called the police.

Immediate Needs

The displaced population were in the process of harvesting their ripe crops including Green Gramms, Millet, Maize, Sorghum, Cow Peas which had high yields due to the recent rains.The urgent needs identified after a participatory assessment with the displaced community are;

  1. Security-The population needs security assurance in order to return to their farms and harvest their ready crops while protecting the remaining from destruction by wild animals, nearest police camp 40 km away (Ngomeni)

  2. Water-The population has moved to areas where they are far from their usual water sources hence are experiencing acute shortage

  3. Food-Most of their food crops are still at the farms which they cant access due to fear of attacks

  4. Shelter and household items-The population left in a hurry and left most of their items behind.

  5. Health and Sanitation- Due to exposure to adverse weather conditions and poor environment,the community is exposed to infections and unable to access health services as the nearest facility is 40 Km away.The overcrowding in the villages they have moved to is overloading existing sanitation facilities.

  6. Education-Out of 6 Primary Schools in the area,only one is partly operational as pupils are staying away due to fear of attacks.Masamba Primary school has been turned into a temporary camp for the displaced.

Other Participating Agencies

Consultations are ongoing with the County Government and area member of parliamnet . Since the incident took place, only County Security patrols were seen in the area.

KRCS Action

A team visted the area and conducted the assessment in Kyuso and Tseikuru Sub Counties.

As a result a medical team will be dispatched to provide emergency medical services for prevention of excess morbidity among the affected populations. The team comprised of a Clinical Officer, Nursing officers to provide services including general nursing, vaccinations, Maternal and child health, a Public Health Officer to provide health education/hygiene promotion and community based disease and mortality surveillance. In addition Psychosocial Support Counsellors will accompany the team to provide counselling services.

Conclusion

KRCS will continue monitoring the situation progress, as health inteventions will be conducted in the area.