Kenya: Four die of hunger in Baragoi, Samburu county

Posted: August 6, 2014 in Kenya News
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Four people have died of starvation in Baragoi, Samburu County, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society.

Mr Gitonga Mugambi, the organisation’s coordinator in the region told the Nation by phone
on Tuesday that the elderly people died last week.

However, locals alleged that seven people, among them four women, a child and two men died at Logetei in Baragoi.

The villagers identified the dead as Kareti Eyan (85), Lolim Lodup (82), Iyeo Kawan (75) and Lomala Imoit (51). The two men are Loibash Logis (55), and Narunye Logis (50). The four-year-old was identified as Adoro Kawan.

Mr Mugambi said Logetei is occupied by internally displaced people who fled from their homes after clashes between rival pastoralists.

“Herders have driven their livestock away in search of pasture, yet they depend on the animals for food,” Mr Mugambi said.

According to villagers, the government supplied relief food last month. Each household was given five kilogrammes of maize and sorghum, which, the villagers said could only last for a week. Mr Mugambi said the starving people have been eating wild, poisonous fruits. It has been especially hard for children and the elderly.

Baragoi and Waso division of Samburu East Sub- County have not received rains for the last two
seasons. Mr Mugambi said quick action was required to save at least 65,000 people who live in
these areas.

“People are in urgent need of relief food. Malnutrition is very high,” he said.

Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal could not be reached for comment by the time of going to press.

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