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Kenya schools shut after teachers flee terror

NAIROBI – ABOUT 20 schools have been forced to close in Kenya
as teachers flee heightened insecurity following conflict in northeast of
the country.

Thousands of children are now out of school.

This is the aftermath of disputed elections whose outcome has been deadly.

Non-governmental organisations reported that non-local teachers had been
fleeing conflict-torn areas as the clashes take an ethnic dimension
pitting the Kikuyu and Luo tribes.

The conflict emanating from polls opposition leader Raila Odinga (Luo)
claims were rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kikuyu) have
worsened the impact of drought, which together with conflict and floods
have displaced over 41 000 people in Kenya.

About 175 000 children are not attending schools as a direct result drought.

“The school dropout rate is increasing as negative coping mechanisms are
being adopted,” said Fred Mugabi, spokesperson of the non-governmental
Child Fund Alliance.

Among negative mechanisms include children having to help their families
search for water, or to seek work to be able to buy food.

A sharp increase of children living on the streets has been reported in
Kenya, leading to a rise in child labour in urban centres.

In Kenya an estimated 175 655 people – including 139 000 children – are at
risk of violence, abuse and exploitation while 122 655 are at risk of
gender-based violence.

– CAJ News

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