Remnant Camps Visit

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Between 26th and 28th May 2008 MISCC team visited IDPS who remained behind in camps within Molo Town .The camps included KAG, PAG, SDA, Charismata, Good News and Molo Saw mill.

“I was living at Kapsita farm in Elburgon, I own no land nor house because I depended on hiring both house and land. I lost all I had; where do I go?” Asked Margaret Wanjiku at PAG Camp .The visiting MISCC team found that most of the MISCC discussing with remnants at PAG campremnant IDPS were landless mostly from Molo District. Others were from as far as Kisumu, Kapsabet and Kericho among other places where they were business people. They too lost everything including their business and have now no where to go nor capital to restart their businesses. The remaining few comprises of those who are afraid of insecurity while others are concerned about their school going children who are already schooling in Molo and they are not willing to discontinue them.

MISCC team advised them to form a committee and consult the DC’s on government plans regarding landless and business people.

The team a also visited Moto, Kambala , St Mary’s and Tayari Primary schools which were supported with desks. The teachers appreciated the support and said that the desks have eased learning as pupils sitting condition has been enhanced.

Class in session at Moto Primary. MISCC supported them with desks<

The pupils were also grateful “We are glad for the desks and we welcome you back for more support in future” said Jane Njeri aged 13, a Std 7 class prefect in Tayari primary school.

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Sweet home, we are close

            MISCC continues to follow the re-settlement of the IDPs from Molo camps to satellite camps near their farms. On 22/5/08 the team took to Langwenda route, where they passed through Willa centre and entered the Marindas Sheep and Goat Station Camp. Here all the 300 people are members of Githiriga village. Not all have tents, some   are residing in houses within the government centre while others are staying at Karirikania village.

At this camp, Mr. Micheal Ngigi who is the chairman said that they able to access their farms, harvest some vegetables and potatoes, though they still require additional food support from government and well-wishers. They are able to meet as members of one village and share ideas, something that did not happen in Molo. A football match had been played between the youth IDPs and youth from the neighbouring village, which was held on 18/5/08 at Kenjokett primary school and this is positive gesture towards reconciliation. Challenges were also mentioned such as inadequate tents, health facilities, sanitation, food, farming tools and inputs among others. Nursery going children have no learning facility.

At Langwenda camp an Anti-stock theft unit led by Mr Boniface Mkharara is providing security. Mr. Isaac Mwangi Njenga said that they arrived at the camp on 5th May 2008. The camp is holding 74 people. They are able to visit their farms where they harvest some products and the reconciliation process has been initiated. They were faced with food shortage, tents, farm tools and inputs at the time of the visit.  Sanitation is also a challenge and women requested to be considered in provision of sanitary towels.

At Kamwaura (Pharis) camp, 65 people have camped next to Tarakwa Primary School and they are happy to be near home. However, farming equipment and inputs were in shortage.

      At Matunda Catholic Church Camp the team met IDPs receiving food ration. At Kamwaura the IDPs have camped at the Chief’s office and others are housed by friends and relatives. The team also met a former resident of Molo SDA camp Mr Nyangaresi  who said he was glad  to be near home. He said food was more available here compared to life in Molo.