In Summary

  • Dahabshiil has already donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help people in the region.
  • Pastoralists are already losing their herds due to lack of water and pasture.
  • FAO recently warned Kenyan authorities of impending threat of food insecurity in 2017.
  • Kenyan government announced it will release Sh2.5 billion to deal with drought.

Leading financial services company Dahabshiil is urging for a concerted efforts by government, corporates and non governmental organisations to save millions of East Africans from starving to death due to the raging drought across the region.

Dahabshiil Chief Executive Officer Abdirashid Duale said the drought is seriously affecting livelihoods, the economy, security and other aspects of life in the region.

Dahabshiil has already donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help people in the region and it has urged businesses, governments, non-governmental organisations and local and diaspora communities to rally together to help those affected.

Mr Duale said many are already helping, but everybody needs to do more as the situation is very severe.

The Kenyan government has been asked to declare the drought a disaster.

PASTORALISTS LOSING LIVESTOCK

Pastoralists are already losing their herds due to lack of water and pasture.

About 1.3 million people in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands are currently in need of food assistance.

"Things are getting out of hand. We must act in time," stated Duale.

Duale said the situation will get worse if action is not taken.

Dahabshiil, through remittances and donations, has helped improve the lives of those affected by the drought

It is arguably one of the most important multinational businesses in Africa, helping to transfer remittances and provide a vital source of income for African communities and businesses.

While remittances account for its core business, Dahabshiil also provides banking services to local businesses as well as assisting in the management and distribution of funds for local, regional and international humanitarian and development organisations that work with communities affected by conflict, drought and famine.

The company is crucial to the work of these organisations, especially during times of hardship.

"This is the time when remittances are needed more than ever. The affected need money to buy food, access clean water and pasture for their families and animals," observed Mr Duale.

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