Irish Red Cross Co-ordinator calls for donations to help people of Kenya

The Irish Red Cross Operations Coordinator, Mr. John Roche, who arrived in Kenya this week, says that there are almost 500,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian, medical and accommodation assistance, and food services, and has called on the Irish people to donate funds to the special Irish Red Cross appeal as soon as possible.

Kenyan Red Cross workers remove bodies after ethnic violence in Kiambaa, north of Nairobi, January 2,2008. Reuters Tim Cocks

"The Kenyan Red Cross has indicated that initial assessments show that 100,000 people have been affected by the troubles in Kenya. The €20,000 allocated by the Irish Red Cross will be put to good use over the next few days. But we really need more to help these people who have been left stranded in isolated areas without any essential services and live in fear of being attacked or murdered," John explained.

"There are thousands of people who have lost their homes and have been injured and are in immediate need of Red Cross services. However this is expected to rise to over half a million. The riots have also resulted in a 'shutdown' of essential services in Kenya. For example the roads are closed, there is no public transport and shops have bare shelves as they have not been able to get supplies.

"We need to provide assistance to the Kenya Red Cross Society who have delegates and volunteers throughout the country and to provide emergency relief supplies to thousands of injured and displaced people throughout the affected regions of Kenya since the clashes started on Sunday," he said.

John Roche is based in Nairobi and is coordinating the delivery of aid and services by the various Red Cross units located throughout Kenya.

"Our job will be to ensure that we get to those in immediate need as soon as possible and to ensure that there is no duplication in the delivery of medical assistance, ambulances, food, shelter and other essential services.

Donations are urgently needed

- Please make an online donation

- or call 1850 50 70 70.

- Send Cheque and postal orders made payable to:

Irish Red Cross Kenya Appeal,
16 Merrion Square,
Dublin 2.