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Red Cross warns of catastrophe in Turkana


Written By:Dennis Koech,    Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2011

KRCS Secretary General, Abbas Gullet assists a child to be weighed at the KRCS medical camp.

The Kenya Red Cross is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe in Turkana region if urgent efforts are not put in place to mitigate the effects of drought and the influx refuges from neighboring Somalia to Dadaab camp.

The aid agency is now estimating that over three quarters of the population in the area is need of relief food with the international community trying to mop up funds to assist the Horn of Africa that is said to be facing the worst drought in 60 years.

And the people of Turkana are suffering in bitterness with all attention only turned to the Dadaab refugee camp.

Theirs seems a people forgotten to fight Mother Nature for their own survival.

Nakinomet village in Turkana North district, Kenyans are faced with starvation and their children suffer from malnutrition.

The same scenario is replicated in several other villages in Turkana county, with the international attention of Somalia and Dadaab, only working against them.

For years they have not seen anything green and their livestock are now succumbing to the drought ravaging the horn of Africa that is also threatening their livelihoods.

Turkana North DC Jack Obuo describes the situation in the district as disturbing and that 70 percent of the population need urgent relief food.

Kenya Red Cross director Abbas Gullet said the malnutrition levels in the area is at its worst urging for urgent intervention.

He said relief efforts should now be complimented with empowering the local community to be self sufficient.

But for now resident have opted to feed on wild fruits from the nearby mountains just to survive the hunger and lower the statistics of those who have died of hunger.

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