KENYA: More Kenyans starving

More Kenyans are starving as the drought worsens, the Kenya Red Cross Society warns.

The latest Drought Bulletin released by KRCS shows despite the efforts
to help famine stricken Knyans, many parts of Eastern and North
Eastern provinces were in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

KRCS Public Relations and Communications Manager Titus Mung'ou said the
number of people affected by drought in Ukambani is increasing.

"Some 95 children are reported to be completely emaciated and 314 are
under weight. Incidences of resource-based conflict have been reported
between the Maasai and Kambas at Nthongoni and Kari in Kiboko area," he
said, yesterday.

In Narok District drought has affected people living in the pastoral
leasing and pastoral zone, with those requiring emergency attention
estimated to be 50,037.

In the greater Mandera, the Kenya Food Security Steering Group shows
that food security is estimated at 80 per cent stress and water
shortage at 70.

Hardest hit

Turkana District is also one of the hardest hit areas. According to the
Steering Group report on drought contingency intervention, water
shortage affects about 27,000 people in Turkana North District.

Elsewhere, more than 1,000 starving families in Mwingi South have benefited from relief food and clothes a church donated.

Worshippers from the Redeemed Gospel Church of the New Life City
temple, Nairobi, donated the food and clothes worth Sh1 million.

A team of faithful led by Pastor Geoffrey Maingi and a businessman
Patrick Koki Musau, took the food to Muutini AIC church, where they
distributed it to the needy.

Each family got 10kg of maize flour, five of beans, two litres of cooking oil, and five kilos of rice and clothes.

Mr Musau, who is an elder in the church and comes from the affected
area, said he mobilised fellow worshippers to raise money for the

"Many families in this area have been going for up to three days without food prompting pupils to drop out of school," he said.

Pastor Maingi asked able Kenyans and politicians to help the starving. He also urged the Government to address the situation.

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