Red Cross: 200 dead from violence in Kenya's south

AP News
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:42 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenya Red Cross says at least 200 people have been killed in violence in Kenya's southeast since August in fighting that could be related to political tensions ahead of March elections.

Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet said Saturday that in the past there had been skirmishes between the semi-nomadic Orma and the farming Pokomo communities in the Tana Delta over resources, but the current violence was unprecedented. Gullet said 36,000 people have been displaced from their homes and schools have been closed

Kenya police say the motive behind the violence could be to displace a certain tribe ahead of the elections. At least 18 people died this week in tit for tat attacks between the two groups. Leaders from the region on Saturday said they had united to preach peace.