Monday, August 31, 2015

Tribal Conflicts in Kenya

Four people have been killed and thousands left homeless in Elgeyo-Marakwet County in Kenya’s Rift Valley province since fighting erupted on Saturday -- apparently over land disputes -- between two rival clans.

According to Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Asman Warfa, the fighting -- between Kenya’s Pokot and Kalenjin clans -- is driven primarily by disputes over land. "They're fighting over land," Warfa told Anadolu agency. "And the violence is being fueled by the large number of illegal firearms in the region, which are in the wrong hands."

Socialist Banner would also hazard a guess that climate change may have had an effect upon local resources and upset the previous equilibrium.

Earlier this month, the UN released a report in which it said over 300 people had been killed this year alone in ethnic clashes in Kenya’s Northern Rift Valley region, while more than 215,000 had been rendered homeless.

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