By Suleiman Hassan
The much anticipated trek dubbed walk of hope organized by a section of North Eastern Kenya youth has today kicked off in Garissa as scheduled.
Organizers led hundreds of local residents and a section of local leaders in beginning the 1000km walk that stretches from Garissa’s Tana bridge all the way to Mandera’s border point one.
The walk was flagged off by Garissa sub-county commissioner Stephen Orindi while the county government was represented by CEC for water Muktar Bulale and his Agriculutre and fisheries counterpart Mrs. Sophia Shiekh Omar.
Local leaders have thrown their weight behind the initiative terming it an idea whose time was long overdue.
Former Lafey MP Mohamed Qaras said that he supported the idea not for fun but because of the plight of the residents of the North Eastern region.
“This is a great cause which requires a lot of resilience, courage and patience to highlight the problems of the people of this part of Kenya. It’s time the world became aware of the myriad of misfortunes that have bedeviled the residents for over 50 years” he said.
Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said that he strongly supported the long walk which seeks to sensitize Kenyans and the international community on the plight of the North Eastern region.
“It is a worthwhile effort and in sha Allah (God willing) it will generate concerns about the region & its inhabitants, enough to galvanize action by the government and other stakeholders” said Kerrow adding that was ready to offer the necessary support to the cause.
The trek was organized by local activists led by renowned author and academician from the region Mr. Salah Abdi Sheikh and football coach Noordin Tube among others.
They hope to raise awareness, listen to and sensitize the local people on the myriad of challenges facing the region.
Organizers also seek to capture and document first hand experiences and suggestions by the local people regarding how best overcome challenges facing the region.