Kenya

Israeli food relief in Kenya

The Embassy of Israel in Nairobi, Kenya, closed its doors for one day yesterday in order to deliver 15 tons of food to the village of Miangeni, hard-hit by the recent drought, which has affected many parts of Kenya.

The Embassy of Israel in Nairobi, Kenya, closed its doors for one day yesterday in order to deliver 15 tons of food to the village of Miangeni in the eastern part of the country. The people of Miangeni have been hard-hit by the recent drought, which has affected many parts of Kenya.

Less than three weeks ago H.E. Mwai Kibaki, the President of the Republic of Kenya summoned the entire diplomatic community and representatives of aid organizations and NGO's and after declaring a national emergency, asked the international community for assistance.

Israel's response came yesterday, August 18th, in the form of foodstuffs to the people of a village, which was marked by the Kenyan government as "hardhit". Aside from the food, which was handed out by the Embassy Staff to some 7,000 people in the village, a warm lunch was served to the 2,300 children of the village.

Lunch included a plate of green grams, bread, fruit and a carton of "bibo" - a very popular drink with children in Kenya. The foodstuffs included maize, maize flour, beans, rice, green grams and cooking fat.

The Ambassador of the State of Israel to Kenya, H.E. Emanuel Seri, together with Honorable Joseph Munyao, Minister for Livestock and Fisheries in the Government of Kenya, who grew up not far from Miangeni, served lunch to the children of the village together with the Israeli and Kenyan staff of the Embassy.