NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 28 – Fierce fighting around the Kenyan border to Ethiopia and its environs since Thursday has left 18 people dead, six injured and loss of property with reports of massive displacements of populations according to a Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) assessment.
The displacement and subsequent migration of the Ethiopian population into Kenya has been followed by a simmering dispute over land between the Borana and Garri communities.
This comes after the Degodia community of North Eastern pushed the Garris out of the areas they previously occupied, forcing the Federal Government of Ethiopia to settle the Garris into the disputed lands that Boranas claim ownership.
The KRCS registration of the refugees to determine the actual displaced populations is ongoing, but a preliminary report indicates that more than 10,000 people require urgent humanitarian support.
The injured are receiving treatments at the Moyale District Hospital and several nursing homes in the District.
The hospitalisation of the injured victims has proved to be tricky, as ethnicity has barred some of them from seeking medical attention from facilities thought to belong to certain ethnic communities.
The reported injuries include are gun wounds, fractures, bleeding, and internal bleeding.
The refugees are being hosted in Somare, Lami, Bori, Sessi, Biashara Street, Al-k-Rashid Primary School, Nana, Kinisa and Yaballo areas of Moyale with most staying at Somare Primary School.
Ongoing interventions by the KRCS and other stakeholders include providing 30,000 litres of water to Somare and Sessi primary school, dispatching 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets, 2340 blankets and 1,170 tarpaulins and providing medical outreach services and assorted food consignments.