Appeal for end to Kenya violence23 January 2013
Catholic bishops in Kenya are seeking urgent government action to end inter-ethnic violence in Tana Delta, south-eastern Kenya, where more than 450 people have been killed and 35,000 forced from their homes in the last five months.
A delegation led by Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu, chairman of the bishops' justice and peace commission, last week visited the delta, where Orma, a pastoralist community and Pokomo, who are farmers, have been engaged in a cycle of bloody revenge attacks since August last year.
One retired chief from the area said he was sure the attackers were obeying orders "from above". "This is political, these people are under a direct command," the retired chief said, describing events in the delta as ethnic cleansing. General elections are scheduled for 4 March.
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