NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17 – Two families facing food starvation in Makuyu have benefited from 50 kilograms of morvite porridge from Haco Tiger brands after Capital News highlighted their plight.
The two families are part of over 4,500 people who are going hungry in Mithini sub-location of Makuyu as a result of the prevailing drought crisis.
“We are very grateful for the assistance,” said Veronica Nzila a 46 year old mother of 14 who was featured in the story.
“We would like to ask other well wishers to assist us like you have,” commented ailing Teresia whose husband Zakayo Mutuku was also quoted in the story.
Area councillor Esther Nyakio appealed for more food aid to assist the starving families, a call echoed by the National Council of Churches of Kenya which also called for longer term solution to the problem.
“We have not received food aid for the last four months, the government through the Kenya Red Cross says it will bring but they are yet to. We urgently need that food aid before the situation gets out of hand,” said the councillor.
“We appreciate this effort to provide food to these families which will go a long way in saving their lives and that of their children,” said Anthony Chege, NCCK Public Relations Officer.
The country has been faced with severe drought for the better part of this year which has left an estimated 3.5 million people faced with starvation.
The situation has been worsened by the daily influx of Somali immigrants in the country also fleeing drought in the war-torn Somalia.
The most affected areas are said to be the Northern and Eastern parts of Kenya which are arid and semi-arid areas.