Crocodile attacks on school going children at R.Tana rampant, decry parents

Residents cross River Tana which has been reported to be prone to crocodile and Hippo attacks. Police are still searching for a man who plunged into the river following a hippo attack PHOTO: COURTESY.

Tana River, KENYA: Parents from Amani Chao area in Tana River County are  appealing to the county government to build an Early Childhood Development Center –ECD in the area, to prevent them from the dangers of crossing  River Tana to access learning.

According to the parents, their children are forced to cross the river full of crocodiles on a daily basis while travelling to Kitere area to access ECD learning centers.

The children also have to walk through the Maramba and Lalatifu forests; which are prone to attacks from wild animals just to access education.

Several incidents have been reported of children and even adults being attacked by crocodiles while crossing River Tana, the recent one being last week where two children from the same family were killed.

“We raised this issue long time ago, but nothing has been done by the county government, now we are appealing to them again, and even well wishers to build for us an ECD center, we don’t want to lose another life again,” said Mwanaharusi Tune, a widow who lost her children last week.

They are also appealing for a patrol boat to be put at Ndera Conservancy to respond to emergencies.