UN Appeals for Nearly $170 million to Assist Pastoralists in Northern Kenya
Nairobi, 17/03/2017 (MAP) – The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $166 million to aid Kenyan pastoralists and farmers whose livestock and crops are suffering amid what the Government declared a “national drought disaster,”, said the UN on its official website.
“With these funds, humanitarian actors will provide life-saving food, health, water and sanitation services to 2.6 million vulnerable Kenyans over the next ten months,” said the website quoting Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya.
Half of the country is affected by the drought brought on by a third consecutive year of unreliable rains.
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).