A mass grave for 32 Kenyans

2009-09-16 13:28

Nairobi - A lawmaker says the bodies of 32 Kenyans killed during a cattle raid in northern Kenya are being buried in a mass grave.

Samburu East district representative Raphael Letimao says the 21 members of the Samburu tribe and 11 members of the Pokot killed during clashes will be buried on Wednesday. Letimao said dozens of people also were wounded in Tuesday's raid in arid northern Kenya.

A prolonged drought has driven millions of Kenyans to seek food aid and has exacerbated tensions between the tribes in an area already awash with weapons from conflicts in neighbouring Uganda, Somalia and Sudan.

The raids are a key way of replenishing cattle herds depleted by the drought, and are also linked to political struggles and feuds between ethnic groups.