Kenyan tourism industry affected by drought-induced violence

Published on : Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kenyan tourism industryRaids and attacks on private properties in drought-stricken Laikipia are quite common. Over the last few months, cattle herders have invaded luxury lodges, ranches, and conservancies in search of fresh pasture for their herds. Kenya is among the several East African nations affected by harsh drought. The Red Cross states that around three million Kenyans are in need of emergency food aid.

 
These attacks have left a bloody trail with dozens of people dead. Residents and ranch owners say the attacks against them have intensified after the government recently deployed the military to suppress the violence. Cattle herders have also blamed the government of shooting hundreds of livestock grazing their ranches.

 

The Laikipia and Baringo counties, centered between Kenya’s picturesque Rift Valley and central highlands, have always attracted tourists from all over the world. But now, due to spate of these attacks, tourism is getting impacted and many countries are advising their citizens to check the area before traveling to any destination there.

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