As Kenyans and Somali refugees wait for rain, a Convoy of Hope disaster response team, led by in-country director Bryan Burr, is rushing food and supplies to communities devastated by the famine in the Horn of Africa.
“People are waiting for rain,” says Chris Dudley, Convoy of Hope’s director of cultural services. “The ground is dry and dusty, riverbeds are dry as a bone, grasslands are withered and dead livestock can be seen on the sides of roads.”
The drought and famine have proved to be a lethal mix for humans too in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Already, upwards of 30,000 people have died.
“Convoy of Hope’s strategy is to reach communities in Kenya who have slipped through the cracks and are not receiving aid,” adds Dudley. “In doing so, we are being strategic in our work so that we can build long-term sustainability by making inroads into communities and by making connections with our in-country partners.”
Already, Convoy of Hope has brought thousands of pounds of food to desperate families in Sombo, Didagalgal, Olgumi and Olontoko. In the coming days, the team will take enough food to feed an entire community, known as Kinna, for two weeks.
“Every community we have reached is very thankful for the help,” says Dudley. “Even though the media has not adequately covered this disaster Convoy of Hope will continue to help the communities that have slipped through the cracks.”