"Drought is to be declared a national disaster".
This is the appeal of
the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) through its Chairman,
His Exc. Mgr. Philip Anyolo, Bishop of Homa Bay.
"We hasten to appeal to the Government to declare the current drought a
national disaster in order to beckon the international community to step
forward and support the many Kenyans who are suffering from this
predicament", said Mgr. Anyolo at a press conference in Nairobi.
According to KCCB 2.4 million Kenyans urgently need help. During the
conference, Mgr. Anyolo was accompanied by Mgr. Martin Kivuva Musonde,
Archbishop of Mombasa, Mgr. Cornelius Korir, Bishop of Eldoret, by Mgr.
Anthony Muheria, Bishop of Kitui, by Mgr. Joseph Mbatia, Bishop of
Nyahururu. All noted that reports from dioceses and parishes in the
country indicate tales of suffering, desperation, hopelessness and
imminent loss of lives.
"Even though the Kenyan Government, Kenya Red Cross and other
philanthropic groups have made varied interventions, these remains in
adequate because the number of families affected is huge. We are in a
state of hunger, a looming disaster", said the Bishops, who have
launched a call to action to all ecclesial and social groups.
The Counties most affected by drought are: Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit,
Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Lamu, Mandera, Wajir, Samburu, Turkana, West
Pokot and Baringo.