Jo Lewry gives an update on the World Food Crisis and the impact on Kenya.
Millions of families are facing a food crisis that could be worse than any we’ve lived through. In Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan, the worst drought in 40 years, together with the spiralling cost of food, mean that up to 20 million people are fighting for their lives.
The Archbishop of Nairobi in Kenya, Most Reverend Philip Anyolo (pictured), explains that malnutrition levels have risen, millions of people are now in need of assistance, and how “it is the Gospel mandate to respond”. Communities in the north of Kenya have been stretched beyond breaking point. Between October 2021 and March 2022, 1.5 million cattle and sheep died. For pastoralists, livestock are like a savings account – to see them die is the equivalent of having your life savings wiped. Now, the people themselves are close to starving to death.
The Catholic Bishops of Kenya have launched their own appeal through Kenya’s Church network but are concerned at the lack of interest from the international community. But Father Ferdinand Lugonzo, General Secretary of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, is determined to make people listen: “The Church is present. We bring out the facts to be the voice of the voiceless. This is bringing Laudato Si to life. We will do our part. I just appeal for you to donate as much as you can.”
CAFOD has been working alongside communities across Kenya for over 30 years to help them cope better with emergencies, including three years of drought before this one. This crisis is so bad that now these resilient people and communities are under threat. But we will not give up. Please donate to help families and communities in East Africa and around the world and help fight the causes of hunger longer term: World Food Crisis Appeal | CAFOD