Dutch evacuated from Eldoret

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The Dutch nationals living in the Kenyan city of Eldoret will be evacuated to the capital of Nairobi on Wednesday.

2 January 2008

ELDORET – The Dutch nationals living in the Kenyan city of Eldoret will be evacuated to the capital of Nairobi on Wednesday.

There are about 30 Dutch people living in the western Kenyan city, according to Jurjen de Groot, a Dutch national with the Red Cross.

“The aircraft for the evacuation has room for 32 people and is completely full,” says De Groot, who works for a church in Eldoret.

"There are also a few people of other nationalities, but most are Dutch." The group is comprised of Dutch who live in the city as well as holidaymakers.

Foreigners have not yet been a target for the violence in the city, says De Groot. But there was almost no food to be found in the city on Tuesday and there was a danger that inhabitants might start looting.

"It has become too dangerous for Westerners." The evacuees will wait in the capital of Nairobi, where it is safer, to see how the situation develops.

Kenya has been plagued with ethnic violence over the past week amidst a political crisis. At least 275 people have been reported killed.

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