12 Jul 2013 11:19
NAIROBI, July 12 (Bernama) -- At least 181 people have been killed and 217 injured in inter-communal conflicts in Kenya since January, the United Nations (UN) humanitarian agency said. The latest report by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Eastern Africa said inter-tribal clashes have also left over 52,000 people displaced from homes across Kenya, Xinhua news agency reported. "The government in collaboration with the Kenya Red Cross Society and NGO partners is providing humanitarian assistance with support from international partners," said Matthew Conway, spokesperson for East African bureau of OCHA. OCHA attributed recent local clashes to competition over political representation, land and resources with the most affected areas in North Eastern, Rift Valley and Western provinces. A high number of casualties were from northern Kenya, where inter-ethnic clashes between feuding communities of Garre and Degodia left at least 70 people dead. The area has been unstable since the March general elections in which the Garre community received most of the elective seats, with the worst affected areas in Wajir County, Banisa and Rhamu constituencies. Rift Valley, which recorded high incidents of cattle rustling and other conflicts, had 48 deaths while the Coastal region reported 36 casualties and Western province 15. The UN humanitarian agency also recorded six deaths in Nyanza region, four in Nairobi and two in the Eastern provinces. OCHA said the government has deployed security forces and commissioned disarmament exercises in the affected areas and initiated conflict mitigation efforts at the local level. --BERNAMA EE