The United Nations humanitarian education chief today urged international assistance for the estimated 2 . 7 mil people in parts of Kenya who have urgently need food and water adopting the onset of a severe drought.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Matters and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’ Brien, saw the disastrous impact of drought on countryside communities in northern Kenya.
“ Crops are not being able, food prices are rising, plus families are going hungry. The spectre of hunger and disease can be haunting East Africa again. We have to put a stop to this, ” Mr. O’ Brien said.
Any office he heads, OCHA, is dealing with the UN Children’ s Account (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), along with other partners to save lives in the region, based on a press release.
“ Our efforts should not only relieve the current suffering brought about by this crisis, but should also aim to build the particular resilience of families and the capability of local governments to deal with upcoming droughts and other calamities, ” the particular Representative of UNICEF in Kenya, Werner Schultink said.
EL efforts of support include dispatching 12, 000 cartons of prepared to use therapeutic foods for the severely-malnourished children, for example.
The particular President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, recently declared the drought the national disaster and has called for worldwide support.