Red Cross in Sh2.5 billion appeal to assist starving families
Red Cross society has appealed for more funds to be channeled towards assisting starving Kenyans.
The Organisation said in a statement that more people have been affected by the ongoing drought and there was need to increase funding. He said the situation is now affecting over 3 million Kenyans, especially in arid and semi-arid areas.
Mandera is the worst affected with more 32 per cent of children in the county affected by malnutrition. Overall, some 340,000 children across the country, under the age of five, have been affected, according to Red Cross.
The Society through its director general Abbas Gullet said more people cannot access water and residents have to trek for long distances in search of the commodity. He said the organization will increase the number of people receiving cash transfers to 60,000 and distribution of foodstuff to some 10,000 households.
In Marsabit, Governor Ukur Yatani appealed for assistance saying the county resources have been depleted by the drought. He appealed for assistance from the national government saying up to 40,000 households have been affected by the drought.
President Uhuru Kenyatta declared draught a national disaster on February 10, calling international partners to assist the country. The current drought is said to be more serious than the 2010/2011 drought.
World Food Programme estimates that up to 344,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition in the country’s 23 arid and semi-arid counties.
Up to 268,000 children require treatment for moderate acute malnutrition, while an anticipated 37,000 malnourished pregnant and breast-feeding mothers will also require treatment in the affected counties.