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Kerio Valley violence disrupts Red Cross projects, forces group to peace building

He said the project established in 2012 had been conceived to improve food security and foster peace between Marakwet and Pokot communities living in the are. With the recent intensity of violence, he said: “Our focus will now be on brokering peace between warring communities in the area”.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 12 Nov 2016 13:48 EAT

Two irrigation projects started by Kenya Red Cross Society in Marakwet and Baringo East have been forced to cease operation following the fequent outbreak of violence in the Kerio Valley. The Red Cross regional governor Muhamud Said told reporters last week that farmers had fled the area following increased banditry attacks that have now affected over 1,000 acres of irrigation land in Tot (Marakwet East) and Kolowa (Baringo East).

He said that the multimillion irrigation project established in 2012 had been conceived with the aim of improving food security in the arid region and fostering peace between Marakwet and Pokot communities living in the are. With the recent intensity of violence, he said: “Our focus will now be on brokering peace between warring communities in the area”.

He said youth in pastoralist communities in North Rift will be trained to lead peace-finding missions in conflict-prone areas. “We have trained 600 youth to help stop radicalization at the Coast. We are now planning to train youth in North Rift to preach peace among communities,” Mr Muhamud added. He said the organisation has begun special programmes to supply food to locals.

Elgeyo Marakwet governor Alex Tolgos said North Rift counties will work closely with KRCS under North Rift Economic Bloc to enhance food security and build peace among communities. He was optimistic that the projects will be revived as soon as the insecurity menace is resolved. “We are planning to increase the acreage under irrigation in Tot from 500 to 1,000 acres,” he said.

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