Though the nuns desire to offer relief assistance to more affected families, the Regional Superior, Sr. Miriam told ACI Africa, “Once we clear the stock we have, we will have to rethink since we do not have a continuous supply to give continuously, unless we collaborate with others.”
“I would really encourage particularly the County government to be aware that in a small section of the country, there are a number of people who desperately need support, particularly food,” Sr. Miriam said, adding in reference to the needy people, “They could have salvaged some few clothes but you cannot salvage a lot of food to last over a month and food is needed every day.”
“The county and national government should really come out and help these people, the number is not so big, it is manageable,” Sr. Miriam appealed.
On his part, the Director of Caritas in the Archdiocese of Kisumu, Fr. Samuel Nyattaya who accompanied FSSA nuns for the visits told ACI Africa in reference to adherence to COVID-19 measures, “There is no physical distance among the displaced people because they are crowded.”
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He added, “They are also hungry, not because they are not hardworking people but because their farms have been washed away by River Nyando and the surge from Lake Victoria.”
The leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu is spearheading support to affected people through the offering of in-kind donations received from Christians and people of goodwill.
“Let the politicians find a lasting solution to the flooding issue,” Fr. Samuel appealed and urged the politicians in that part of Kenya to “put aside their personal differences and attend to the affected people.”