ACT Alert Kenya - No. 1/99: Drought in Kenya

Geneva, 18 November 1999
Drought in Kenya has resulted in severe shortages of food, pasture and water, especially in the north-western Turkana region where between 50 - 100 people have died due to starvation. Some 36,000 children are affected by famine in the area.

Parliament has charged the government of mishandling famine relief operations and called for the situation to be declared a national disaster so that international help can be sought. The drought has forced some 5,000 Kenyans to cross into Ethiopia with their cattle, in search of food and water after government relief food was diverted elsewhere.

ACT members Lutheran World Federation, Department of World Service (LWF/DWS) and the National Council of Churches in Kenya (NCCK) are monitoring the situation. An appeal may be forthcoming and we should be grateful if you would let us know immediately your funding possibilities for a Kenya drought appeal.

Thank you for your attention.

For further information please contact:

ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (phone ++41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone ++ 41 79 203 6055)
ACT Appeals Officer, John Nduna (phone +41 22 791 6040)

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