The Star (Nairobi)

17 August 2014

Kenya: Hunger Kills Nine in Samburu County

Pamela Marumbe A mother of four children and a widow in Turkana Central Ngare mare location and her young child also experienced starvaion due to the on going drought in the northern part of Kenya Photo/Enos Teche

Pangs of hunger in Samburu county has left scores dead and several others in critical condition following the ongoing drought in the area.

The affected, mostly children and old people, died after their family left them unattended in search of water and pasture for their livestocks.

"We are facing water shortage as well as food for our families and livestocks making us to survive on acacia and some bitter wild fruits and leaves we come across," said Joseph Jemail Mapanya, a father of eight children, in Ndonyowasin Samburu East constituency.

Areas adversely affected by drought in Samburu East constituency according to reports by the Kenya Red Cross Society are Kawap, Ngaroni, Nachola, Swari, Seri Olepi and Marti villages.

This comes days after the deputy president, William Ruto, visited section of the affected areas in Samburu and donated 10 million shillings to help the affected communities.

Kenya Red Cross Society has confirmed that at least 25,100 persons from Samburu East, 15,000 In Samburu Central and 21,650 in Samburu North have been affected by the ongoing drought and famine in Samburu county as from March to July 2014.

Red Cross proposed early action interventions by introduction of school feeding Programmes to keep children in schools, especially the Early Childhood Development when they re-open and rehabilitation of water points in strategic places as well as providing essential health and nutrition services.

"We intend to work with the central and county governments as well as the humanitarian agencies for interventions in the target counties to help reduce the impact of the drought in the ground," said Abbas Gullet the KRCS Secretary General in his twitter handle on Saturday.

Abbas also called upon Kenyans through the Kenya for Kenya initiative(K4K) to support interventions for 2014 looming drought by using MPesa Paybill No. 10,000.Or KCB Moi Avenue Branch Account No.1129605760.

The government of Kenya through The ministry of devolution has donated 1 billion shillings to help create sustainable and long term projects such as irrigation in pastoralist communities for the agro-pastoralists farming in order to bridge the gap of food security in the country.

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