Red Cross suspends operations in Baringo County

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The Kenya Red Cross society has temporarily suspended operations in Baringo following an altercation between its staff and residents of Loruk in an incident that resulted in the looting of relief supplies.

The development coming as Baringo Senator Gideon Moi called on the national government to urgently deploy resources to end the conflict that he says could slowly precipitate into genocide.

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An ongoing conflict in Baringo County has left behind a trail of destruction besides displacing hundreds of people, a state of affairs that has even impeded government efforts to supply relief food to the drought stricken county.

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And after several weeks of conflict, over 10,000 people have been displaced and have nowhere to lay their heads or anything to eat and feed their young ones.

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The organization has also withdrawn its staff while it remained unclear on when they would resume their operations following an incident where relief supplies was looted in Loruk some  12 Kilometers from Marigat town.

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The locals are said to have accused the humanitarian body of supplying food to a rival community.

Senator Moi who was distributing relief food to those displaced within Tiaty Sub County warned that the conflict could slowly precipitate into genocide if no proactive action is taken.

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