“I saw the Pokots coming, I got hold of my children, I tied one on my back, one on my shoulder, then I told them we just go, the children where crying and we had to take off.
“When we came back from the cave we found that the houses were burnt, some of the mothers who we run together with had been raped. The children, everything was in chaos. Coming back I found people crying, some where shot, my husband came back looking for me – everything was just in a total mess.
“When we realised our home was no longer safe for us, we carried our children and walked to a place that we thought was safer for us and we had to stay there.
“in those hills where we went, life became so difficult for us, we tried but things were not working out well, so we longed so much to return to our place – to come and cultivate our land
“We suffered a lot when we were in those hills, we tried to come home as things weren’t good for us. People were coming one by one to settle in their land but people were also afraid so until the government sent soldiers to stay in the lower plains/areas we knew this place was still not safe/not good when the soldiers were there, so after they came we decided to come back home."
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