The psychological problems encountered by women during conflicts in the prone areas of West and North Pokot, Kenya
Lenah J Sambu
This paper was set out to establish the psychological effects of conflicts on women. The study sample consisted of women from two districts; West Pokot and North Pokot in North Rift of Kenya. A random sample of two hundred women in two sub locations, one in each district was obtained. A survey research design was used with questionnaires and interviews as the major data collection tools. Structured interviews were used to countercheck and supplement the responses arising from the questionnaires. Observation was also used to provide information and aid in observing actual behavior of the respondents. The findings revealed that the women experienced psychological problems during conflicts and were living in a state of hopelessness and helplessness. The government and other stakeholders should increase peace building capacities and women should be fully involved. Finally, there is need to set up support therapy groups to assist the affected women.