Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bandits, rustlers disrupt Kenyan schools

From 7 July 2000:

Nairobi — Insecurity in Wajir North has disrupted learning in primary and secondary schools. District Education Officer Abdi Badel yesterday confirmed that two primary schools had been closed because teachers and pupils had fled for fear of attack.

He expressed fear that learning in primary and secondary schools in the region would be disrupted if insecurity is not addressed.

21 January 2015:


Learning in more than 20 primary schools in cattle rustling-prone Baringo South and North sub counties is yet to resume due to insecurity.

In Baringo South, the situation has been aggravated by an attack at Arabal Primary School two weeks ago when armed raiders shot dead a security guard before mutilating his body.

This has sparked fear in the area with residents fleeing their homes fearing more attacks.

Other schools in Baringo South where learning has been affected are Kasiela, Chemorokyon, Kapindasum, Ruggus, Mukutani, Chebinyiny and Ng’elecha primary schools.

Residents who spoke to the Nation asked police to beef up security in the area for learning to resume.
“We are resorting to moving our children to relatively calm schools but this will affect them. They are willing to go back to their schools on condition that they are provided with enough security,” said Mr John Wendot, a resident of Kasiela.

There are many more stories, including those of children who every day walk five or more kilometers to school, some crossing streams or rivers. The students sometimes have to turn back because of cattle rustlers.

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