Drought triggers resource conflicts in Kenya

resource conflicts in KenyaFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – COMMUNAL clashes over resources made scarce by the worst drought in years have led to the closure of at least 45 schools and the displacement of thousands of pupils in Kenya.
The conflicts are the latest in a series of a devastating impact of food insecurity and water shortages that have exhausted people’s capacity to cope.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) predicted failure of the long rains’ season to continue worsening the situation especially for women, children, the elderly and the sick, who remain the most affected.
The current number of people needing assistance is estimated to have gone up to 3 million, and is expected to be at 4 million by July if the long rains fail as predicted.
Unicef data from drought monitoring system indicates that up to 114 398 children enrolled in 930 schools in 13 counties are not attending school due to the drought while a total of 1 099 schools (48%) reported having no access to water and 61 % of schools (do not have an ongoing school meals programme.
Four counties have submitted updates on the situation of children affected by drought to the Child Protection subsector. The findings show a deteriorating situation for children. In Garissa and Turkana Counties, 20 457 pupils are displaced due to drought.
UN agencies require more than US$165 million (over R2 billion) to address the impact of drought but the response from donors is lukewarm.
– CAJ News

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