Residents of Kamuge in Turkana had reason to smile after the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) visited their communities, donating food items to 333 households affected by the drought. Turkana is among the 14 counties in the alarm stage of drought classification and in need of urgent interventions. The donation benefitted 215 households in Kamuge and another 118 households in Ng’ilukia. It included green grams, maize flour, cooking oil and salt.
“We are here today to serve families affected by the drought. As you can see around, the situation is bad with possibility of worsening if proper interventions aren’t implemented. What we have donated today is part of our temporal interventions but we hope to do more once we get more resources,” said Dr. Mohamud Said, Governor, KRCS.
The area Assistant Chief, Wilson Lokoruka said the drought has been catastrophic to the residents, leading to loss of animals and other livelihood activities. “Our problems are many. We are faced with the drought, insecurity and the environment does not allow residents to engage in any income generating activities,” said Chief Lokoruka who doubles up as the area doctor.
Apart from Kamuge and Ng’iluka, more locations in the area are experiencing the negative impacts of the drought and will be reached by KRCS once resources are available.
“I cannot remember the last time I ate proper food. It is all problems. I lost my five animals to drought and only left with two that are also weak. We are left to survive on just water,” narrated Ewoi Lokuruka, a resident of Kamuge.
The Kenya Red Cross Society thanked all well wishers, local corporates, Red Cross movement partners for their continued support that has made it able for KRCS to support such drought affected areas.