United Nations, humanitarian partners appealing for USD166 million to address hunger

The United Nations and humanitarian partners are now appealing for USD166 million.

The fund gathered will address the ongoing drought that has threatened lives of thousands of Kenyans especially in the northern part of the country.

The United Nations says the aid will be directed to addressing the devastating consequences of drought on pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in northern Kenya.

The drought has been as a result of unreliable rains over the last three years.

“The unreliable rain is causing thirst and hunger, decimating livestock, destroying livelihoods, spreading disease, and causing large movements of people. Half of Kenya’s 47 counties are affected by what the Government has declared a national drought disaster,” said the U.N. in a statement.

The U.N. notes that below average rainfall in 2016 has caused severe dryness in the country’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties, doubling the number of severely food insecure Kenyans to 2.6 million in less than a year.