Who cares if an IDP dies?


Somebody please confirm and clarify a few things to me. One, is it true that we recently sent a high-powered delegation of toughies like Raila Odinga, John Michuki and Wangari Maathai to meet donors with begging bowls for over Sh30 billion which will be used to buy out billionaires from Mau forest?

Is this true, or am I dreaming? Ok, assuming this is so, please tell me for I seem to have forgotten, did we send Mr Odinga, Naomi Shabaan, George Saitoti or anybody else to a different forum to seek cash for the resettlement of IDPs?

I assume, because my memory fails me a lot these days, that the latter delegation got overwhelming pledges for these IDPs. In fact it is highly probable that a high-powered delegation is on the ground in Olenguruone, Burnt Forest, Timboroa, Nyahururu, Naivasha and such other places relocating the hapless Kenyans to their former farms.

And because I am completely out of touch with reality, I am sure efforts to move IDPs from their tented camps are being conducted Chinese-road-construction style – by day and by night – in a bid to beat the looming El Nino rains and their resultant floods.

Imagine, for a moment, how cold and soggy it gets when a slight rain hits your town or estate. I can bet that you normally scamper for the warmest part of your house, even opting to sleep in socks and other warm clothing.

Now, picture a three-year old child at Timboroa IDP camp whose best form of roofing is a tarpaulin sheet. For floor tiles, this kid only knows a muddy, flooded ground. In the place of warm attire, the child can only cling to its mother’s cold back.

Imagining these scenes paints a shameful picture on my mind. Is it that those politicians who struck a deal on the Mau report recently have no heart for such innocent children in the IDP camps?

Do these North Rift and Central Kenya leaders realize the implications of the message they sent to the ill-fated persons who were displaced in a fight over nothing they really cared about?

The El Nino rains are soon going to start pounding our countryside and if the weekend deluge is anything to go by, then the floods we are about to experience will surely claim some lives.

Yet isn’t it sorry to see that nothing has been done to cushion our IDPs?

God help Kenya!

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