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Kenya and Ethiopia vow to turn conflict-ridden border into trade hub

Published on December 08, 2015

The leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia promised on Monday to create jobs, reduce poverty and foster trade in their restive borderlands, where conflict has intensified in recent years. The $200 million project aims to create a trade and investment hub along the remote 860 km (530 mile) border where human, arms and drug trafficking are rife, the head of the United Nations in Kenya, Nardos Bekele-Thomas, said. "The problem here is poverty," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "It's just hopelessness that creates insecurity." Clashes between herding communities over grazing land, water and cattle have become increasingly deadly due to an influx of guns, as well as political power struggles and fast-growing populations. Read more. Source | Standard Digital