Baringo hunger crisis worsens
03 February 2014, 10:11
Baringo - The government has been urged to intervene in the crisis in Baringo County amid reports people were dying from starvation.
Reports from the region indicate that so far, two people have already succumbed to death due to the setback as residents have been forced to eat poisonous fruits that expose them to danger.
The area legislator, Asman Kamama, called upon the government to address the situation urgently, terming it as an emergency.
“Next week we want the Minister (of Agriculture) to dispatch food to Baringo, especially to Tiati and some parts of Marigat and even North Baringo,” said Kamama.
The risk of starvation in the region has been blamed on rainfall failure. Residents in the region have been relocating to other parts in the extensive Rift Valley in a bid to escape the drought and find water and pasture for their animals.
The problems come despite the national government going on record that no Kenyan would die from starvation as enough food had been stored to cater for such emergencies.
Stakeholders have been calling on the government to invest in long term solutions that would eradicate the perennial threat of starvation.
Not much progress has been done in that regards.
– CAJ News