By Magdalene Kahiu
Nairobi, 17 September, 2021 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Days after Kenya’s President declared drought a national disaster, humanitarian assistance is being sought for family members struggling to make ends meet in the Archdiocese of Nairobi.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, September 16, the Apostolic Administrator of the Kenyan Archdiocese says COVID-19 and drought have combined to make life difficult for many families.
“We endeavor to extend a helping hand, to be a sign of hope to families grappling with the effects of the pandemic and the drought in different parts of the Archdiocese and beyond as part of our call to Christian charity and evangelization,” Bishop David Kamau says.
Bishop Kamau adds, “I therefore make an appeal to all Parishes, Religious communities, Institutions and people of good will to donate generously both in cash and in kind towards this very noble goal.”
On September 8, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta declared drought in sections of the East African country a national disaster.
Some 2.1 million people in 12 Kenyan Counties are facing severe food shortages, the leadership of Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has reported.
According to KRCS Head of Disaster Management, Elijah Muli, the food shortages have been caused by “prolonged drought seasons from October, November and December 2020 rainy season and poor rains of March April, May 2021.”
“The numbers are expected to increase unless urgent interventions are implemented, the situation will get out of hand,” Mr. Muli has been quoted as saying.
The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) has said the food crisis has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The East African nation has recorded at least 244,826 cases of COVID-19 including 4,949 deaths and 235,196 recoveries.
In his appeal for aid statement dated September 14, the Kenyan Catholic Bishop who was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Nairobi Archdiocese in January also calls for spiritual solidarity with those affected by COVID-19 pandemic and hunger saying, “Above all, let us also remember to pray for one another.”
On September 15, members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) called on the people of God in the country to support those who require basic needs.
“Let us join in supporting those who are in need of food, shelter and water,” the Catholic Bishops said in in their nine-page statement in which they highlighted nine of issues they want addressed.
They implored, “May God bless us with improved weather conditions to reduce suffering from the ongoing drought situation in our country.”
SOURCE ACI Africa
PHOTO SOURCE Bishop David Kamau. Credit: Archdiocese of Nairobi