Save us from hunger, lo­cals en­treat state

‘When you see this kind of mi­gra­tion, then it is an in­di­ca­tion that the sit­u­a­tion is dire’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Elders from Garissa county have urged the na­tional gov­ern­ment to res­cue res­i­dents from drought. The call comes a week after Gov­er­nor Nathif Jama made a sim­i­lar ap­peal and de­clared the six­month drought a county dis­as­ter.

The elders said live­stock in Fafi, Ijara and Lagdera sub­coun­ties have started dy­ing of hunger. Du­bat Hamey, na­tional chair­man of the Kenya Live­stock Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil, said herders from Lagdera have crossed over to neigh­bour­ing Isi­olo county.

Those from Fafi and Ijara have moved to Lamu and Tana River coun­ties, while oth­ers have crossed the bor­der to south­ern So­ma­lia in search of pas­ture and wa­ter, he said. The elders ad­dressed the press in Garissa town on Mon­day evening.

“When you see this kind of mi­gra­tion, then it is an in­di­ca­tion that the sit­u­a­tion is dire. If the herders can risk mov­ing to south­ern So­ma­lia, de­spite the threat of al Shabaab, then the sit­u­a­tion is not good,” Hamey said.

The for­mer Garissa county chair­man said the county gov­ern­ment can­not cope with the drought and urged the na­tional gov­ern­ment to pro­vide re­lief food to save peo­ple’s lives.

He urged the pas­toral­ist com­mu­ni­ties to co-ex­ist peace­fully and share the avail­able pas­ture and wa­ter. “The re­cent con­flict in Isi­olo was un­war­ranted,” Hamey said.

/ STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Peo­ple and goats at a wa­ter pan on the out­skirts of Holugho town, Garissa county, on Satur­day. The lit­tle wa­ter avail­able is con­tam­i­nated

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