UN appeals for US$166 million to aid pastoralists in northern Kenya

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The United Nations and its partners on Thursday appealed for 166 million U.S. dollars to aid Kenyan pastoralists and farmers whose livestock and crops are suffering amid a “national drought disaster.”

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“With these funds, humanitarian actors will provide life-saving food, health, water and sanitation services to 2.6 million vulnerable Kenyans over the next 10 months,” said Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya.

The drought, which has been declared as a national disaster, has extensively affected 23 counties following months of unreliable rains, which have caused thirst, hunger, decimating livestock among other effects.

Below average rains are “causing thirst and hunger, decimating livestock, destroying livelihoods, spreading disease, and causing large movements of people,” according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The latest flash appeal is a complement to Kenya’s ongoing nine-month response plan which faces a funding gap of 108 million dollars, OCHA said.

Earlier this month, OCHA chief Stephen O’Brien visited Kenya to highlight the risk of famine facing people there, as well as in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

Reporting his observations to the Security Council upon his return, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said the international community is “facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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