Govt. provides food relief for community affected by Linda Boni operation

Govt. provides food relief for community affected by Linda Boni operation

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Boni residents at a previous function. PHOTO/FILE

Lamu, KENYA: The National Government has dispatched a new consignment of relief aid food to Lamu’s Boni Community where forces are currently carrying out a security operation.

Linda Boni Operation Director James Serian has confirmed that the government has dispatched a new consignment of food which is expected to reach the community anytime.

Speaking on Sunday, Serian said the national government was committed to ensuring both the safety and comfort of residents who fall within the Linda Boni Operation areas.

“The relief aid programme is still on for all those who fall within the operation zone and especially the native Bonis. We’ve had similar consignments before and we want to assure all that the aid will go on as long as the operation lasts,” said Serian.

The Linda Boni Operation has entered its seventh month after it was launched on September 11, 2015 by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery with the sole intention of flushing out Al-Shabaab militants.

As a result of the operation livelihoods have been greatly affected in the operation areas which are mostly occupied by the marginalized Boni Community.

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The community is reported to be  struggling to switch from their traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle to farming after the Boni forest which has for decades been their major source of livelihood was declared a no gone zone by the KDF.

The national government however pledged to support the affected communities through relief aid until the operation comes to a close.

This comes a midst cries from the Boni community who claim the national government has neglected them.