KENYA / GRIFFITHS VISIT

17-May-2022 00:06:01
The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, concluded a two-day visit to Kenya on 13 May where he saw first-hand the devastating impact of a fourth consecutive failed rainy season in the Horn of Africa. OCHA
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STORY: KENYA / GRIFFITHS VISIT
TRT: 6:01
SOURCE: OCHA
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT OCHA ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / TURKANA / KISWAHILI

DATELINE: 13 MAY 2022, LOMOPUS, TURKANA COUNTY, KENYA
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, 12-year-old Kelvin Ekai, suffering from malnutrition due to the current drought, and his mother, Jecinta Atabo.
2. SOUNDBITE (TURKANA) Jecinta Atabo:
“Since yesterday we have not eaten anything. There is no food. This has been the issue since the beginning of the drought.”
3. SOUNDBITE (KISWAHILI)Lomonying Natebele, Kevin’s father:
“The boy gets very weak during a drought period like this and he cannot even walk.”
4. Wide shot, Kevin lying down by his mother
5. SOUNDBITE (KISWAHILI)Lomonying Natebele, Kevin’s father:
“When my son feeds well, he does not faint but when he is hungry, he keeps on fainting.”
6. Various shots, life in the village
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffths, Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“The world's attention is elsewhere. And we know that. And the world's misery has not left Turkana. And the world's rains have not come to Turkana. And we've seen four successive
failures of the rains. We fear a fifth. And the result is these families who've been kind enough to talk to us today have nothing left. They have no animals. They try to get food by making rooms that can't sell.”
8. Various shots, broom-making.
9. Various shots, UN delegation meeting community
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffths, Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“The only food available for the children is sometimes from schools.”
11. Various shots, women from Lomopus
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffths, Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“These mothers who are so brave make impossible choices. One of them said to us that some of them even have children who are at the age to go to secondary school. Imagine that: children who've survived, who could go to secondary school. But to pay the fees, to go to a secondary school in this area, you need to sell livestock, sell a goat, she said. There's no more goats. There's no more livestock. Gone.”
13. Various shots, Griffiths meeting local community
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffths, Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“We must give these people choices beyond smashing this fruit, as we see behind us. For the children to have the slightest possibility to survive to the next day, this is this is wrong. It's as simple as that.”
15. Various shots, woman smashing eng’ol fruit.
16. Various shots, Lomopus Primary School
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Joy Akinyi Okoth -Deputy Head Teacher Lomopus Primary School:
“Our children do no have water in school. We do not have water in school, the nearest water point is 4 kilometers away so to cook the relief food we received the children have to go to fetch water 4 kilometers away. So, to cook the relief food we receive, children have to go to the river to fetch water.”
18. Various shots, school
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Joy Akinyi Okoth -Deputy Head Teacher Lomopus Primary School:
“As teachers, it’s very hard to teach a pupil who is hungry and thirsty, they can hardly understand what you teach them. That’s a big challenge.”
STORYLINE
The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, concluded a two-day visit to Kenya on 13 May where he saw first-hand the devastating impact of a fourth consecutive failed rainy season in the Horn of Africa.

“During my visit, I met with people in the village of Lomopus in Turkana County, Kenya, and spoke with displaced people in Doolow, Somalia, as well as Korehey zone in the Somali Region of Ethiopia,” said Mr. Griffiths.

“Each of the people I spoke with were clear: this crisis is threatening both their lives, and their way of life. They need the world’s attention and action. Now.”

The drought in the Horn of Africa has already affected more than 18 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, including at least 16.7 million people who are waking hungry each day and do not know where their next meal will come from. These numbers are expected to rise in the weeks ahead, as the current rainy season (which ordinarily lasts from March to May) has been below-average, making this the longest drought in the Horn of Africa in at least four decades.

In the village of Lomopus, community members told Mr. Griffiths that this is the worst drought they have endured in living memory. Many families have lost their livestock and are struggling to survive. Those who manage to buy food are sharing their meagre supplies with their neighbours, while many only have palm fruit to eat. Children in the village depend on the Government’s school feeding programme to have one meal a day, as there is often no food at home.

In the school, students explained that some of their classmates have had to drop out because they could not pay the fees, while some girls have been removed from school by their parents to be married.

“We have been ringing the alarm on this crisis, and urging whomever is able to contribute, for many months,” said Mr. Griffiths. “I am grateful to our donors for their pledges and commitments to help us respond to the drought in the Horn of Africa. But the reality is that we are out of time: if we don’t immediately receive new funding to scaleup humanitarian operations, we are faced with the prospect of significant loss of life in the period ahead.”

During his visit, the humanitarian chief also met with Kenyan Government officials, with whom he discussed the Government’s response to the drought, as well as the vital need for life-saving action today, accompanied by support for drought-affected communities to adapt and thrive into the future.

Wrapping up his visit, Mr. Griffiths said: “if I have one message to the world, it is to not forget the people of Lomopus and others across the region who desperately need our support. These people are the human face of the global climate crisis, which they have done nothing to create. We must step-up and stand in solidarity with them before it is too late.”
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