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Kenya: Tana River Massacre

SEPTEMBER 2012 - At least 90 people, 11 of them children, were slaughtered when a long-running dispute over land and water between two communities in Tana River boiled over. Ethnic violence and massacres seriously threaten human rights of Tana River peoples and have forcibly displaced over 200 who attempt to escape the conflict-ridden area. In addition the impoverished region falls under conflict as a result of drought and other poverty indicators, leaving the government partially responsible, given its neglect for socio-economic conditions.

A history of violent conflict exists between the Pokomo subsistence-farming community and the Orma herding community. On August 21, Pokomo militiamen attacked an Orma settlement, slashing people to death and burning houses, in retaliation to a string of attacks and cattle raids.

Tensions have escalated over the last year, and members of Parliament criticize security forces for not taking action prior to the killings. In response, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere brought together regional police and provincial chiefs at Reketa village, which remains volatile after the worst ethnic violence witnessed in Kenya since 2007, to find a solution to the grievances of both communities.

For more information on the Tana River conflict and region, please visit the following links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19343995

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jZdyUi...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639044481270457...

http://www.pep-net.org/fileadmin/medias/pdf/CBMS_proceedi...
SEPTEMBER 2012 - At least 90 people, 11 of them children, were slaughtered when a long-running dispute over land and water between two communities in Tana River boiled over. Ethnic violence and massacres seriously threaten human rights of Tana Ri...
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