Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kenya: Update--Country Still Very Volatile, Unpredictable, My Strongest Advice: "Avoid Kenya"

According to AFP,  at least 11 people were killed on Tuesday (June 24), some actually shot or hacked to death with machetes, a week after 60 people were killed on the coastal region.

Lamu County Commissioner Stephen Ikua called it an “unfortunate attack," the third in the area this month.  

COMMENT: Personally speaking, I strongly discourage all foreigners from being within seventy miles of the Somalian border, realizing the Islamist group, al-Shabaab is known to operate in both Kenya and Somalia.

The most recent attack occurred in the small village of Witu, some 30 miles west of Lamu.

All of these areas should be considered "Critical Threat."
 
Five bodies were initially found, but a police source later said that six more bodies were found, taking the toll to 11. 
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but with al-Shabaab working both sides of the border,it is essential that all foreigners know that the group are very bad actors.
 
The flare-up of violence has severely impacted Kenya’s tourist industry at one of its traditionally busiest times of the year.

Al-Shabaab insists that they carried out the massacres, but one never knows. 

The bottom line is that NO foreigner who values their life should be traveling to Kenya at this time, as it is generally immaterial who actually kills you.

Separately, at least 20 people were killed over the weekend in northeastern Kenya in ethnic clashes, the latest in a series of revenge attacks between rival Somalian clans that has killed over 80 people and forced over 75,000 people from their homes since May.