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Title:Kenya: Conflict in the 'Badlands': The Turbi Massacre in Marsabit District
Author:Mwangi, Oscar G.ISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:social conflicts
government policy
national security
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240600671324
Abstract:Marsabit is one of the arid and semiarid districts of northern Kenya, largely inhabited by pastoral communities. Before dawn on 12 July 2005, about 1,000 heavily armed bandits made a series of raids in the Didigalgalo-Turbi area, some 130 km from Marsabit town. At least 53 people, including 21 primary school children, were killed. In a revenge attack, ten people were killed at Bubisa trading centre, which is about 80 km from Turbi. The Turbi massacre and related killings are largely the result of the Kenyan State's failure to provide meaningful security and development in the region. Ethnopolitics and external political forces also contribute to this failure. The nature of this particular violent pastoral conflict - which pitted the Borana and Gabra communities against each other and also had cross-border dimensions into Ethiopia - indicates that it was more political than traditional or commercial. The State must create and enhance societal cohesion and consensus among the warring communities, especially their leaders. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]