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Drought-striken herders from Mandera, Wajir and Marsabit migrate to Garissa as fear of conflict grows

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GARISSA—As drought continue to bite in many parts of ASAL areas, pastoralists from Mandera, Wajir and Marsabit Counties have migrated to Garissa and Tana River in search of water and pasture due to prolonged drought that has resulted to severe hunger and starvation.

Affected families are now camping at Modika in the outskirts of Garissa town, Harbole and Welmerer in Fafi constituency and Hamares in Tana River.

According to the affected pastoralists failed rains over the past three years have affected their livelihoods and forced them to migrate to other areas comprising learning of their school going children.

Mohammed Mude from Tarbaj in Wajir county is appealing to the leadership of the county to offer support to the affected herders who have migrated to other counties since they are in dire need of humanitarian aid.

However, this migration has caused some jitters from the local herders who see it as invasion of their grazing fields and would likely to trigger conflicts due to the rising competition over the meagre resources.

Leaders from Garissa have appealed to the locals to accommodate the visitors and share the little resources amicably to avert possible conflicts as they call on the national government to support the counties affected by drought in releasing contingency funds to support them.

Chiefs and their assistants have been asked to convene peaceful meeting between the locals and immigrants and work out on modalities on how to accommodate them during this period without jeopardizing peace in the area.

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