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IDP families receive KES 200K each for resettlement

28 October 2015, 12:40 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A group of 88 families in Nyeri who were displaced from various parts of Rift Valley province during 2007/8 post election violence have each received KES 200 000 for resettlement.

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) got the sigh of relief after eight years living in camps in Eldoret and Nyeri.

The families have been living outside Nyeri Ruring’u stadium since October 2012 in temporary makeshifts made of polythene bags.

Central Kenya IDP coordinator, Peter Gitahi said more than five people have died in the camp due to pneumonia and cold related diseases while more than 10 others committed suicide.

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He said they were living inside the stadium but were forcibly moved by the government.

He said Central has more than 2 200 IDPs who were evicted from their homes in Eldoret, Kisumu, Narok, Molo and Kericho towns.

He lamented that since the skirmishes they have never received any government help.

“We resettled here 400 people. Some went to live with their relatives and others got jobs. In the camp, we have more than 300 children who are at risk of contracting diseases because of oncoming rains,” said Gitahi.

Jane Wanjiru, an IDP who developed hearing impairment during the war, however said the money is not enough to buy a piece of land and build a house for her three grand children.

The IDPs further called for termination of the cases facing Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua Sang at the ICC saying that the case was of no help to them.

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