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Human-Wildlife Conflict in Mandera

Mandera is the capital of Mandera County in the North Eastern region of Kenya. It is located in the Northern hemisphere, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia. Mandera County has a total of 7 sub counties, 22 divisions, 97 locations and 141 sub-locations. Mandera is a semi-arid region with most parts of the county receiving average annual rainfall of below 250 mm. The county is highly vulnerable to droughts, heat stress and moisture stress, hazards that affect the production, storage and sales of agricultural produce and livestock products.

The current long drought season being experienced in Mandera has led to the emergence of a conflict between monkeys and the residents of the area. The two year old drought has now introduced the insufficiency of food and scarcity of water for both the human and the world animals.

Monkeys and baboons inhabiting the hills of Takaba have now moved to the residential villages in search for food and water. This has caused panic and fear among most residents of the respective villages due to the danger threats of the animals. It is said that the animals attack women and children frequently in the afternoon and often in the evening.

The residents are now calling upon the government to drill more wells and create additional water catchment zones to provide water for both the people of Mandera and the animals. This crisis needs immediate action in order to avoid the death of animals both wild and domesticated and the everyday battle for survival among the residents.

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