Back in Karirikania village and hope for peaceful Co-existence

Karirikania Primary School that was started in 1973 takes care of 1010 pupils, 14 of them physically disabled. The school has not opened Debris of Karirikania Primary School which is now undergoing reconstruction by the military forcesince December 2007 and the children are out of school. Why? It suffered wanton destruction during the elections related violence early this y

ear with classes and dormitories destroyed, looted or burnt down. Military personnel are busy reconstructing the school and hopeful, the pupils especially the handicapped ones will have a centre for learning soon.

The police and the military are providing security to the newly established Karirikania IDP camp that is temporary home to about 80 families (351 people) who have relocated from bigger camps in Molo to be near their farms. The farmers are happy to be within their farms. Committee member Mr. Kariuki says “w

e have reliable security and water. Our women collect firewood easily unlike when we were in Molo where people queued for water and used maize stalk as fuel.” Another member Lucy Wanjeri adds “I have just come from my farm and brought back vegetables for dinner and napier grass for my cow.” The camp members are happy to be re-united with their families who previously lived in different camps in Molo and beyond and to be with people they have known most of their lives.

They are however faced with a number of challenges that include lack of bedding materials in the cold tents in the night, childrenIDPs camping at a Karirikania near their farms are yet to rejoin schools including nursery children; the health facility at Molo South still closed and therefore community members are unable to access medical services easily at close proximity; lack of seeds and farm tools; food supply is limited even as they embark to produce their own, school fees for children in secondary schools, soaps and detergents and sanitary towels.

Peace is gradually returning in the village between the different ethnic communities that mainly include Kikuyu, Kalenjins and Kisiis. Peace and reconciliation efforts were further boosted on 13th May 2008 by a visit by the former president Daniel Moi. In his speech at Muchorwe center

the former president asked residents of Rift Valley province to shun ethnicity and violence. He urged all leaders to preach peace and to involve elders of all communities in peace and reconciliation initiatives.

Former President Moi addressing residents of Muchorweon 13th May 2008

The former president asked the government to revitalize farming in the area saying that this will ensure food availability and fast track economic recovery.

The people of Karirikania are very optimistic and determined to continue.

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