A group of Kenyan athletes have donated food to displaced families in Tiaty, Baringo County.
Athletes including Abel Kiprop, 5,000m champion Benjamin Limo, 800m Olympics champion David Rudisha and Alex Kipchirchir gave the displaced locals maize, bottled water, cooking oil and snacks as an operation to rout bandits in the area continues.
1500m World Champion, Kiprop explained why they decided to help, saying: “It’s evident that many families are faced with starvation and it’s high time that humanitarian agencies come to their rescue.”
Kerio Valley is one of the violence hotspots and Deputy President William Ruto recently gave security officers an order to shoot and kill bandits after frequent attacks had forced many to leave their homes to seek shelter in safer areas, such as schools and churches.
The displaced families are in need of basic amenities with head teacher at one of the schools prividing shelter, Akeno Mnyoke, describing their living conditions as “pathetic” and said he feared there would be an outbreak of disease.
“There is scarcity of water in most of the camps and our animals are dying due to the biting drought,” he said.
“The ongoing operation has added misery to our lives forcing our children to drop out of school after they migrated to safer areas with their parents.” – Akeno Mnyoke
Mr Kiprop, who leads the Kenyans Who Care humanitarian support group based in Eldoret, said: “There is no way development will be realized unless we live in peace. It is high time you abandon cattle raids and enrol your children to school while engaging in meaningful social economic activities. I urge the community to stop fighting.”
Following donations to primary schools Chesitet and Chesakam and Claude Academy Holy Ghost Fathers, Nginyang, Mr Kiprop said their aid efforts will continue.