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Wildfires in Kenya spark food security fears, displacement

Recent wildfires that have destroyed large areas of farmland in Kenya have sparked fear of food security issues as well as growing levels of suspicion among residents. IRIN reports the fires ripped through the land, leaving many pastoralists in the area pointing fingers at each other for starting the fire.

Mohamed Wako, an elder in the region, told the news outlet that tension is rising among three specific groups - the Isiolo, Garissa and Wajir, whose land borders one another. Some, like Wajir resident Ibrahim Mohamed, believe the fires were started by a group of traders looking to secure "aid agencies' and government contracts to supply fodder in the region."

Government officials and humanitarian groups have yet to pinpoint who's to blame for the fires, instead they have been focusing attention on trying to supply the more than 500 displaced families with shelter, food and clean water. 

According to the Famine Early Warning Systems, (FEWS) most people in the area will rely on aid for the indefinite future.

"The majority of households will remain in either the Stressed [consumption is reduced but minimally adequate] or Crisis [significant food consumption gaps with high or above usual acute malnutrition] phase of food insecurity through June 2012," according to FEWS's official website. 
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