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Trauma Counseling's: More than 40,500 displaced people in the North Rift have undergone trauma counseling. The people who are living in camps in Trans-Nzoia, burnt forest, Turbo and the Eldoret show ground underwent counseling following violence that led to loss of property and lives. The Sima Community Based Organization organized the exercise.
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Life in camps hosting displaced people in Eldoret and other places in the North Rift is one of suffering, misery and frustration.
It is a story of disease, adverse weather and inadequate food rations. At the Eldoret showground, which host close to 20,000 people, the victims tell tales of suffering since they were evicted from their farms and homes more than a month ago.
At times, they go without food or proper shelter to protect them from the vagaries of the weather.
Mr. Ngumo Mwaniki, 56 who is disabled and is on a wheelchair says the going is tough for him at the camp. “I cannot fight and push over food when the Kenya Red Cross Society brings serves it. I depend on well wishers or go without food for days.” he says.
Mrs. Rose Monyonge, a 25year old mother of four, says food is not even enough for her children. Her six month child strapped n her back and holding the hands of two year old Purity Mokeina, Monyonge says she does not have hope in life.
“We lost everything in our house at Soy, Eldoret North, when violence erupted. The only possessions we have are the clothes you see,” she discloses.
She says two of her children fell sick a few days after they joined the camp due to the difficult living conditions, and they were not responding well to treatment. “Both are coughing and I still take them for medication at the Red Cross mobile health clinics,” she explains.
Monyonge says children at the camp lack nutritious food to protect them against diseases. At the camps, cereals are the commonest meal.
A social worker, Ms Esther Kihara, admits that many children at the camp need help.
“We have 2,500 children aged between five and 16 years and another 800 between one and five. They need assistance, including warm clothes,” says Kihara.
Mr. Philip Nderitu, 48, has been at the camp for the past two weeks after being evicted from his Maili-nane home in Kitale.
“I am a single parent taking care of eight children at the camp. My wife died before the outbreak of this violence. However, life is hard due to lack of adequate assistance,” he says.
He adds: “The problem at the camp is that outsiders benefit from food donations, leaving genuine victims hungry. Shelter is a problem and the tents are very cold at night, exposing children and the aged to health risks.”
Nderitu says there are no latrines at the camp, and people defecate in the open after dusk. He says due to problems, desperate girls at the camp had turned to prostitution. “They exchange sex for little money from men who still have it. Most of them are infected with HIV positive. Life has pushed the girls on the wall,” says Nderitu.
A Red Cross volunteer and Sima Community Based Organization at the camp, Mr. Tom Juma and Mr. Johnstone Wanjala, confirm that there is prostitution at the camp, adding that girls between ages of 14 and 20 are offered as little a Shs 50 or shs 100 for sex, especially at night.
The Red Cross team leader/ Sima CBO team in charge of health, nutrition and sanitation in the region Mr. Johnstone Wanjala says the organization has between fighting diseases in the camps.
Wanjala says about 30percent of those seeking treatment at mobile clinics had respiratory infections. “We have treated 11,000 people for different ailments, but more than 3,000 have respiratory infections.” He says.
Wanjala adds that the high number of respiratory infections was a result of cold weather due to poor shelter.
“The rate of infection is high partly because of the crowding in the camps and partly because the disease is airborne,” he explains.
But the displaced people also suffer from diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and skin infections.Wanjala says Mobile health clinics serve, Munyaka, Turbo, Noigam, Likuyani, Chakaya and Timboroa camps in Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia and Koibatek districts. Eldoret and Burnt forest.
The Eldoret Show ground camp, he says, has the highest number of the sick about 300 are treated every day.