New school eases life for locals in hyena-infested region

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 03:54 | By
Hynena in the thicket. PHOTO/KNA
Hynena in the thicket. PHOTO/KNA

As schools close for first term, parents of Kaseveni in Malaa, Machakos county are relieved that their children will no longer have to face frequent hyena attack scares when going to and back from school.

The area, known for marauding hyenas due to its closeness to the Oldonyo Sabuk game reserve and several hideouts has seen residents living in fear and counting losses from attacks on their livestock by the animals.

Led by Julius Hoho, a parent, the residents said the closure of schools has come at a good time as they will no longer have to fear for their children.

Over the years, the parents have had to escort their children to and back from school having to walk for about six kilometers to the nearby school, for fear that the animals might ambush and attack their children. “We wake up as early as 4am and before we get to school, it is around 7am.

Children too get home around 8pm and have to brave the animals on their way back. It is such a scare,” said Huto.

Luckily for the parents, an investor recently constructed a new school, the Baraka Halali Primary, a big relief to the children and parents who will now be spared the long walk to their former school.

Speaking during the commissioning of the school Monday, the administrator Chrisphine Oluoch said other schools are several kilometers away, and this has over the year’s inconvenienced learners.

He said the animals have forced the school to adjust learning hours, forcing them to release learners early to enable those from far flung areas to get home before darkness.

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