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The Kithimani water point, the muddy hole where women gather each day to try and collect water.
Kenya is one of a number of countries currently experiencing a humanitarian crisis. The short rains have failed and nearly 3.5 million rural pastoral and farming people – including 500,000 schoolchildren – need emergency assistance to sustain lives and protect livelihoods. Following five consecutive poor seasons, vulnerable populations are running out of coping options. The photo on the left shows the Kithimani water point, the muddy hole where women gather each day to try and collect water.
The Government of Kenya recently launched an international appeal for humanitarian assistance and partners such as The Salvation Army are stepping forward to assist.
The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services section deployed an assessment team, including Major Cedric Hills (International Emergency Services Coordinator) and Ms Damaris Frick (an emergency worker deployed from Germany) to research the situation and determine how best to support the emergency operation.
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Major Cedric Hills (International Emergency Services Coordinator) recently returned from an assessment visit to Kenya, where a severe drought has resulted in widespread crop failure and famine. Here he reports on the shortage of a commodity that many people take for granted.
Damaris Frick, seconded from The Salvation Army in Germany, was part of the International Emergency Services assessment team which looked at how The Salvation Army might best respond to the humanitarian crisis in Kenya. She reports here on her experiences in this, her first emergency services deployment.
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