• Short Summary

    WAR DRUMS WERE BEATING IN THE NORTH EAST REGION OF KENYA YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) AS RANDILLA TRIBESMEN PREPARED TO GO OUT AND FIGHT SOMALI "SHIFTA" RAIDERS.

    "SHIFTA IS A TERM OFFICIALLY USED BY THE KENYANS TO DESCRIBE SOMALI TRIBESMEN WHO STAGE RAIDS AGAINST THE KENYAN FORCES IN THE COUNTRY'S TROUBLED NORTH EAST REGION.

  • Description

    WAR DRUMS WERE BEATING IN THE NORTH EAST REGION OF KENYA YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) AS RANDILLA TRIBESMEN PREPARED TO GO OUT AND FIGHT SOMALI "SHIFTA" RAIDERS.

    "SHIFTA IS A TERM OFFICIALLY USED BY THE KENYANS TO DESCRIBE SOMALI TRIBESMEN WHO STAGE RAIDS AGAINST THE KENYAN FORCES IN THE COUNTRY'S TROUBLED NORTH EAST REGION.

    THERE ARE 200,000 SOMALIS IN THE REGION AND THEY CLAIM IT BELONGS TO SOMALIA. BORDER CLASHES, WHICH HAVE BEEN INTENSIFYING RECENTLY, REACHED THEIR BLOODY PEAK LAST WEEK THEN 40 SOMALI TRIBESMEN DIED IN A BATTLE BETWEEN 800 SOMALIS AND KENYA FORCES.

    NOW ALONG THE FRONTIER KENYA TRIBESMEN HAVE BEEN PREPARING THEMSELVES FOR BATTLE.

    AFTER THEIR PREPARATIONS FOR BATTLE THE RANDILLA WENT INTO THE BUSH. THEY RETURNED AFTER SPEARING ONE "SHIFTA" TO DEATH.

    THE TROUBLE COMES AT A SPOT WHERE SOMALIA, ETHIOPIA AND KENYA MEET. IN THE PAST THE KENYAN GOVERNMENT HAS CLAIMED TO HAVE FOUND "SHIFTA" TO BE MEMBERS OF THE SOMALI ARMY. SOMALI REFUGEES FROM KENYA HAVE BEEN POURING OVER THE BORDER INTO SOMALIA IN A STEADY STREAM SINCE THE TURN OF THE YEAR, BUT KENYA SECURITY FORCES CLAIM THAT THE MEN STAY BEHIND TO HARASS THE KENYANS.

    THE TROUBLE HAS BEEN GOING ON SPORADICALLY FOR FOUR YEARS -- SINCE KENYA'S INDEPENDENCE. RECENTLY PRESIDENT JOMO KENYATTA OF KENYA OFFERED A MONTH'S AMNESTY TO ANY "SHIFTA" WHO SURRENDERED. THE RESPONSE SO FAR HAS BEEN SATISFACTORY, A KENYA GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAELEO16RYXJDAIQZ0XBOL1SA7T
    Media URN:
    VLVAELEO16RYXJDAIQZ0XBOL1SA7T
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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