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ICC Note: Christian quarry workers al-Shabaab attacked in July 2015 in Mandera, Kenya forge forward on their long road to physical and psychological recovery after gunmen assaulted their living quarters, murdering 14 people and wounding dozens more. Several of the victims hail from Nyeri County in central Kenya who had moved to Mandera on the Somali border because the wages are better there. The following report tells of heroic stories of persecution survivors battling their wounds to make a living farming.

By Alice Nduta

2/29/16 Nyeri, Kenya (Daily Nation) – About 40 Mandera terror victims from Nyeri county have relocated back home and changed careers from quarry work to farming.

Most of them bullet wounds and are unable to do hard labour like they did before. Farming, they say, requires less physical effort.

On July 7 last year, Al-Shabaab militants overran Soko la Mbuzi estate in Mandera County and sprayed bullets on quarry workers there.

The victims were mostly from Kieni constituency – attracted to Mandera by the higher daily wage for quarry workers.

“In Mandera, workers are paid more than in Kieni. Besides, Kieni quarries are dangerous as one has to dig deeper to get the raw materials,” says Mr Justus Maina, a survivor.

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