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Nyanza IDPs accuse the government of neglect

16 November 2012, 11:27 Oduor Omondi

Victims of the 2007/2008 post election violence in the Nyanza region have called for medical assistance especially for women and girls who were raped during that period.

Led by their chairperson Nelson Owegi, they say it has been five years since the crimes were committed and most of them have never gotten proper medication.

“We have been in camps for five years now, most of our colleagues were raped and injured but no proper medication has been forthcoming,” said Owegi.

Some of the rape victims are still ailing and they say they often experience a lot of bleeding and pain in the lower abdomen.  

Despite being assured by medics that there are treatments that can completely cure them, they are too expensive for the victims.

Speaking in Kisumu, Owegi claimed that the Government compensated some people masquerading as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kisumu, leaving out those who are really suffering.

The IDPs lamented that despite the country gearing up for the next elections, measures have not yet been put in place to avoid a repeat of the deadly mayhem witnessed after the 2007 elections.

The IDPs are also crying that they should be treated equally as far as resettlement and compensation is concerned.

They are also urging politicians to concentrate on reconciling Kenyans instead of engaging in endless politicking, stressing that what Kenyans need ahead of the 2013 elections is proper reconciliation.

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