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Friday, April 25, 2008

NORTHERN KENYA FACING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

MANDERA-NORTHERN KENYA

Serious shortages of water and pasture for livestock are being experienced in the northern Kenyan districts of Isiolo, Mandera and Wajir as dry conditions continue, local leaders said.

"The situation is very bad in Mandera; people are moving across the border to Ethiopia," Mandera East member of parliament Mohamed Hussein Ali told IRIN.

"Residents from the district have yet to recover from a severe drought two years ago; [now] we fear the few animals that were salvaged will be wiped out," he added.


The rainy season had been expected to start in mid-March, the MP said, but because the rains failed, water pans, boreholes and wells had dried up.

"The country is focused on people who have been displaced by post-election conflicts," Ali said.

"We have been forgotten."

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