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Drought stokes rivalry between Kenyan cattle herders

Turkana tribesmen walk with guns in order to protect their cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. Armed cattle herders have been flooding onto farms and wildlife conservancies in drought-ravaged northern Kenya, leading to violence in which at least 11 people have been killed and a tourist lodge torched, residents said. 

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Turkana tribesmen walk with guns in order to protect their cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. Armed cattle herders have been flooding onto farms and wildlife conservancies in drought-ravaged northern Kenya, leading to...more

Turkana tribesmen walk with guns in order to protect their cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. Armed cattle herders have been flooding onto farms and wildlife conservancies in drought-ravaged northern Kenya, leading to violence in which at least 11 people have been killed and a tourist lodge torched, residents said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Turkana armed tribesmen stand around a borehole in order to protect their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. Cattle rustling and competition for grazing have long troubled the area, which is a popular safari destination for visitors, but severe drought and political rivalries ahead of the elections have exacerbated the situation, residents said.

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Turkana armed tribesmen stand around a borehole in order to protect their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. Cattle rustling and competition for grazing have long troubled the area, which is a popular safari destination for visitors, but severe drought and...more

Turkana armed tribesmen stand around a borehole in order to protect their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. Cattle rustling and competition for grazing have long troubled the area, which is a popular safari destination for visitors, but severe drought and political rivalries ahead of the elections have exacerbated the situation, residents said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Pokot tribesman holds a spear inside Mugui conservancy, Kenya. The residents have accused some local politicians of encouraging herders to bring tens of thousands of cattle onto farms and ranches to drum up support for the August elections.

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A Pokot tribesman holds a spear inside Mugui conservancy, Kenya. The residents have accused some local politicians of encouraging herders to bring tens of thousands of cattle onto farms and ranches to drum up support for the August...more

A Pokot tribesman holds a spear inside Mugui conservancy, Kenya. The residents have accused some local politicians of encouraging herders to bring tens of thousands of cattle onto farms and ranches to drum up support for the August elections. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Cows belonging to Samburu tribesmen walk around the carcass of an elephant killed by armed cattle herders in Mugui Conservancy, Kenya. "The drought has been a problem for years but people have been living peacefully. This (flare-up) is because of politics," said Francis Narunbe, a local chief of the Turkana tribe.

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Cows belonging to Samburu tribesmen walk around the carcass of an elephant killed by armed cattle herders in Mugui Conservancy, Kenya. "The drought has been a problem for years but people have been living peacefully. This (flare-up) is because of...more

Cows belonging to Samburu tribesmen walk around the carcass of an elephant killed by armed cattle herders in Mugui Conservancy, Kenya. "The drought has been a problem for years but people have been living peacefully. This (flare-up) is because of politics," said Francis Narunbe, a local chief of the Turkana tribe. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Turkana woman reacts as men return home with their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. Elections in Kenya have often been marred by violence, fuelled by tribal rivalries and disputes over land. After the disputed 2007 vote, more than 1,200 were killed after political protests turned into ethnic clashes.

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A Turkana woman reacts as men return home with their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. Elections in Kenya have often been marred by violence, fuelled by tribal rivalries and disputes over land. After the disputed 2007 vote, more than 1,200 were killed...more

A Turkana woman reacts as men return home with their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. Elections in Kenya have often been marred by violence, fuelled by tribal rivalries and disputes over land. After the disputed 2007 vote, more than 1,200 were killed after political protests turned into ethnic clashes. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Armed Turkana tribesmen wait for cattle to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. In Laikipia, north of Nairobi, herders from the Samburu and Pokot tribes tend to back the opposition, while smallholder farmers from the Turkana and Kikuyu ethnic groups usually support President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee party, said Martin Evans, head of the Laikipia Farmers' Association.

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Armed Turkana tribesmen wait for cattle to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. In Laikipia, north of Nairobi, herders from the Samburu and Pokot tribes tend to back the opposition, while smallholder farmers from the Turkana and Kikuyu...more

Armed Turkana tribesmen wait for cattle to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. In Laikipia, north of Nairobi, herders from the Samburu and Pokot tribes tend to back the opposition, while smallholder farmers from the Turkana and Kikuyu ethnic groups usually support President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee party, said Martin Evans, head of the Laikipia Farmers' Association. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Samburu tribesman stands behind cows as he enters the Mugui conservancy, Kenya. County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha said the situation was under control and blamed drought in the region for the tensions. "It is a conflict over pasture," he said. "Once the rains come, they will leave." The rainy season usually starts in March or April.

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A Samburu tribesman stands behind cows as he enters the Mugui conservancy, Kenya. County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha said the situation was under control and blamed drought in the region for the tensions. "It is a conflict over pasture," he said....more

A Samburu tribesman stands behind cows as he enters the Mugui conservancy, Kenya. County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha said the situation was under control and blamed drought in the region for the tensions. "It is a conflict over pasture," he said. "Once the rains come, they will leave." The rainy season usually starts in March or April. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Fence destroyed by by armed cattle herders is seen in Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fence destroyed by by armed cattle herders is seen in Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fence destroyed by by armed cattle herders is seen in Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Turkana girl holds a canister as she waits to get a water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana girl holds a canister as she waits to get a water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana girl holds a canister as she waits to get a water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Mugie Conservancy wildlife manager Jamie Manuel walks in front of a bush fire, which was set up according to witnesses by cattle herders in Mugui Conservancy, Kenya. Wildlife conservancies say wild animals have been killed, including six elephants, and pasture has been destroyed. Five tourist lodges in the Laikipia have shut in the past month.

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Mugie Conservancy wildlife manager Jamie Manuel walks in front of a bush fire, which was set up according to witnesses by cattle herders in Mugui Conservancy, Kenya. Wildlife conservancies say wild animals have been killed, including six elephants,...more

Mugie Conservancy wildlife manager Jamie Manuel walks in front of a bush fire, which was set up according to witnesses by cattle herders in Mugui Conservancy, Kenya. Wildlife conservancies say wild animals have been killed, including six elephants, and pasture has been destroyed. Five tourist lodges in the Laikipia have shut in the past month. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Elephants drink the remaining water in a drying waterhole as Samburu cattle herder tribesmen destroy the fence and enter with cattle in Mugie Conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Elephants drink the remaining water in a drying waterhole as Samburu cattle herder tribesmen destroy the fence and enter with cattle in Mugie Conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Elephants drink the remaining water in a drying waterhole as Samburu cattle herder tribesmen destroy the fence and enter with cattle in Mugie Conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Turkana girl holds a goat near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana girl holds a goat near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana girl holds a goat near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Pokot tribesmen stand around a lake in Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Pokot tribesmen stand around a lake in Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Pokot tribesmen stand around a lake in Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Turkana women wait for men to return home with their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Turkana women wait for men to return home with their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Turkana women wait for men to return home with their cattle near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Samburu tribesmen and cattle herders stand before they walk with cows through a fence destroyed by other Samburu tribesmen outside Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Samburu tribesmen and cattle herders stand before they walk with cows through a fence destroyed by other Samburu tribesmen outside Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Samburu tribesmen and cattle herders stand before they walk with cows through a fence destroyed by other Samburu tribesmen outside Mugui conservancy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Elephants walk in front of cows belonging to Samburu cattle herder tribesmen, who destroyed the fence and entered Mugie Conservancy and chased elephants away from drinking water, in Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Elephants walk in front of cows belonging to Samburu cattle herder tribesmen, who destroyed the fence and entered Mugie Conservancy and chased elephants away from drinking water, in Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Elephants walk in front of cows belonging to Samburu cattle herder tribesmen, who destroyed the fence and entered Mugie Conservancy and chased elephants away from drinking water, in Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Turkana woman waits to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana woman waits to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana woman waits to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Turkana tribesman carries his gun in order to protect his cattle from rival Pokot and Samburu tribesmen near Baragoy, Kenya. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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