Over the last 30 days, the number of Kenyans facing starvation has doubled to more than 3 million, the Red Cross said on Tuesday, as the devastating drought worsens. Kenya is one of several East African countries ravaged by drought with Somalia on the brink of famine. The drought is impacting 23 countries with the situation predicted to worsen in the coming months in what the UN has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.
Like many of its neighbors, Kenya is suffering the effects of two failed rainy seasons in a row, hugely reducing crop harvests. Food prices have soared, pushing inflation to a five-year high of nine percent in February.
“The situation is getting worse every day. Malnutrition rates among children are steadily climbing. Children are getting sick, and livelihoods of families have been decimated following the loss of thousands of their livestock,” Dr Abbas Gullet, secretary-general of the Kenya Red Cross Society, said in a statement.
The number of Kenyans going hungry could increase to four million in the coming weeks, the statement said.
More than 340,000 children under the age of five are also acutely malnourished.
“We are running out of words to describe the situation in affected parts of Kenya, and across the region,” said Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, the International Federation of Red Cross regional director for Africa.
“Our message is simple: humanitarian organizations need resources to respond at the scale that is needed. If we don’t, then thousands of people may die, and children will be affected for the rest of their lives.
“And we won’t be able to say ‘we didn’t know’.”
Africa Thriving is a 501-C3 Non-Profit Charity that brings clean water, food and Bibles to people in Africa so that they can thrive. Everything we do at Africa Thriving revolves around nutrition. We know that when life is nourished, it thrives. We also know that when life lacks nutrition, it is the most vulnerable. Over the last 6 months we have been providing food and water to Risa Primary school that has been heavily impacted by the drought. We have been able to provide nutritious meals and clean water to each of the 350 students each day that they have attended school. This has all been possible because of donors like you and the support of Daybreak Church.
In June we will be sending a group of volunteers to Kenya to deliver more food and create more partnerships with other schools that desperately need help. When children are less hungry their ability to learn is much greater. April and May are the moths when Kenya gets most of it’s rain. If the next two months are as dry as the forecast predicts, these schools will be facing starvation. We are on a mission to feed them before it’s too late!