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Women Changing the World: Mercy Kiyapyap, Kenya

Huffington Post, 13 November 2012: The West Pokot District is one of the driest and poorest areas of Kenya, where 90 percent of the population is illiterate. As a result of the traditional use of land for grazing and collection of firewood, land degradation is severe in this area. Even further, the increasing occurrence of droughts […]

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Ksh 300M Water Project Gives Pokot Hope

Citizen News, 25 October 2012: For many years, residents of Chepareria division in West Pokot County have depended upon untreated sources to fetch water for domestic uses leading to frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. The residents have also to trek long distances to fetch the commodity with school children abandoning lessons so that they can […]

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Shrinking births in Pokot

The Standard, 17 October 2012: Faces of desperation everywhere. Malnourished children and women carry water jerricans as they trek for long to look for water. This is the daily life of these residents of Orolwo sub-location in Pokot North District, West Pokot County. Orolwo’s population of 4,046 struggles like many others in arid regions. They […]

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Two in Pokot die rescuing goat from pit

The Star, 26 September 2012: Two herdsmen died yesterday evening while trying to rescue a goat that had fallen into a pit latrine in Ortum, Pokot Central. The walls of the 30 feet latrine caved in and buried the two alive.  According to Simon Limang’ole, a villager, the two were herding their animals in an […]

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Measles outbreak claims three children in Pokot

The Standard, 20 September 2012: Three children have died and over 500 others infected following a measles outbreak in West Pokot County. Health officials said the disease was spreading fast and feared the death toll could rise unless urgent measures are taken. Pokot North District Health Officer Obadiah Singoei confirmed the three deaths. Dr Singoei […]

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Pokot girls desert their homes, fear undergoing circumcision

Daily Monitor, 15 September 2012: Sarah Cherot is playing a hide and seek game with a dozen other girls at Kalas Girls Primary School in Amudat District. The thrills and laughter that come from them echo through the empty classrooms as it is holiday time and the other students are at home. Ms Cherot is […]

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Ugandan army accused of seizing Pokot cattle

The Standard, 6 September 2012: The Ugandan Army has allegedly seized 72 head of cattle belonging to Kenyan Pokots during a security operation to recover illegal guns. The operation also seeks to end cross border cattle raids near the Kenya/Uganda border. Sikom Network for Peace and development chairman Joseph Akoule claimed that heavily armed Uganda Peoples […]

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12 people admitted after taking ‘poisoned food’

The Standard, 29 August 2012: Twelve people have been admitted at Ortum Mission Hospital in Pokot Central after eating poisoned food. The victims developed pains in the stomach after taking mandazi and tea at Murieng trading centre near Ortum town. Dominic Yaran told The Standard from his hospital bed that he started developing pains barely […]

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Turkana and Pokot get 300 cops to tackle insecurity

The Star, 28 August 2012: The government has posted an additional 300 police officers to Turkana and Pokot counties to deal with insecurity in the two counties, which are prone to cattle rustling. The Internal Security ministry has also given additional vehicles to police stations in the region to boost the security. Rift Valley police […]

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Malarial Cases Increase in Pokot

The Star, 21 August 2012: Malaria cases have increased in Pokot North by more than twenty percent from 33 percent to 59 percent. The United Nations office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs reports that more than 13 thousand cases have been reported in the area since January. The world health organization attributes the outbreak […]

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