UN asks countries to donate towards fighting drought in Kenya

UN asks countries to donate towards fighting drought in Kenya

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The skeletal remains of a cow after a drought .Hundreds of livestock have been reported to have died in various parts of Lamu county following a drought. FILE/PHOTO.

Nairobi, KENYA: United Nations UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who is visiting the country, has called for assistance from the international community to deal with the drought that is currently being experienced in the country.

“The world should show its support for Kenya as reward for the country’s generosity in the humanitarian field especially for how it has for decades hosted refugees from different countries,” said Mr. Guterres during his meeting with President Kenyatta on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Mr. Guterres who arrived in Nairobi on Monday 06 March from New York, said the UN country team will continue supporting Kenya in achieving development objectives defined by the Government.

During a brief ceremony President Kenyatta witnessed donors presenting cheques to the Kenya Red Cross Society.

The donors included Centum Investment that presented a cheque of Sh.22 million and the Aga Khan Development Network that donated Sh. 8.5 million in cash and Sh4.5 million in foodstuff.

Previously the government was experiencing an sh. 11bn gap needed to finance the drought situation and the European Union EU had pledged sh. 3bn.

The donation was to be used in money transfers to people in the drought stricken areas.

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