Advocates for Human Dignity have received reports of violence in Kenya. Late Tuesday evening in the Reketa area of Tarassa in Kenya’s south-eastern region at least 48 people have been killed in clashes between the Orma and Pokomo groups the region’s police chief said. The Reketa area is one of the poorest regions of Kenya and is semi-arid, which has meant that the two groups have frequently been involved in tit-for-tat over land, (particularly pasture) and water resources. The Orma group are predominantly cattle-herders who live on an island in the river Tana, whereas the Pokomo are a largely settled farming community who live along the river’s edge. The last serious clash between the two groups occurred in 2001 when 130 were left dead. It is not clear what spurred the attack on Tuesday night but it is believed to have been a retaliation assault on the Orma. It is alleged that about 10 days ago 3 Pokomo were killed by the Orma community during a raid where more than 100 houses were burned to the ground. Those killed on Tuesday included 31 women, 11 children and 6 men. 34 of those killed were hacked to death and the other 14 were burned to death in their houses.
Advocates for Human Dignity condemns the violence again the Orma. Our staff in Kenya and our international will be monitoring the situation.