Women live in fear after sexual assault in Tana River

Women hard hit by attacks in Tana River. Some have been sexually assaulted during the attacks. The women are now living in fear since their assailants have vowed to slit their throats if they ever report the matter to authorities
Women hard hit by attacks in Tana River. Some have been sexually assaulted during the attacks. The women are now living in fear since their assailants have vowed to slit their throats if they ever report the matter to authorities

The call by leaders urging victims of the recent tribal clashes in Tana River to return to their homes is not good news especially for women.

According to the latest findings, women are the worst hit by the attacks as some were sexually assaulted in the conflict. The women are now living in fear since the perpetrators vowed to slit their throats if they ever report the matter to authorities.

According to Joyce Merile (not her real name), a member of the farming community that was attacked by Wardei, the attackers brutally beat her and forced themselves on her when they hit her village in Hurara.

Merile says the incident has left her with lifelong scars, affected her psychologically and life will not be the same again.

: Displaced women and children at Hurara camp in Magarini

: Displaced women and children at Hurara camp in Magarini

Evidence

Speaking to the press, Merile said despite being in possession of evidence to prove that the incident occurred, the threat to be killed has left her in a dilemma.

Despite leaders assuring them of their safety, Merile is among the Tana River residents who insist they will never return to their homes.

This comes a few days after regional coordinator Samuel Kilele visited the victims at Hurara Primary School in Tarasa Location, Tana River County and assured the victims of their safety.

Kilele told the victims that those who killed two villagers are already in police custody and issued a ten-day ultimatum for warring communities to surrender illegal firearms and release a missing herder whose capture was the bone of contention between ethnic Giriama and Wardei living in the region.

According to the County Commissioner leaders from the hit region have reached an agreement that will see the two groups living in harmony.