- The United Nations office in Kenya has kicked off a drive to raise funding to help millions of people facing starvation in the East African nation.
The fund raising campaign was launched yesterday in Nairobi by Anna Tibaijuka, head of the UN Office in Nairobi, emphasising that “Hunger is not an option”.
“But at the moment for 10 million people it is a reality,” she said, adding there was food in the country but the real problem was access.
Kenyan president, Mwai Kibaki, made a US$ 400 million appeal last month, to tackle the emergency food aid, while also making the declaration of a famine state in the country.
Some 10 million Kenyans are said to be in urgent need of food, resulting from poor rainfall and post-election violence in the first two months of last year, which affected the planting season, according to the Kenya Red Cross.
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