By Rogers Wanambwa
KIU, Main Campus - At least 3.6 million people in Kenya are at risk of hunger as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Kenyan newspaper, Daily Nation.
This comes at a time when the country is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is showing no signs of slowing down or stalling with the country fast approaching 20,000 cases.
Kenya, according to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2020, published by the UK’s aid research firm Development Initiatives, is not alone in this peril. Other East African countries like Somalia, where 5.2 million people have been affected, and in Southern Africa in Zimbabwe where 5.1 million people have also been affected are also in this pool.
The report shows that even in West Africa, countries like Chad with 4.8 million victims, Cameroon with around 4.4 million and Mali with around 3.9 million, have been affected.
According to the report, 16% of the World’s population, or 1 billion people, are at risk of facing a dire humanitarian crisis because of the pandemic, as donor countries like the US and UK which could have offered assistance, have also been massively hit by the pandemic.
Picture credit: World Food Programme