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Tough Times in Elgeyo Marakwet as Hunger Bites, Kids Forced to Feed on Fruits Eaten by Monkeys

Anything that looks edible for children in Tigania East Sub County, Elgeyo Marakwet County is good for the stomach. Hunger pangs have driven them to survive on wild fruits often eaten by squirrels and monkeys.

Unreliable rains for the past three years have made families to sleep on empty stomachs, with school going children among the hardest hit. Feeding programme in school is also available to kids whose parents have supported it with cereals.

Parents in Lailuba area are required to present school with six kilogrammes of maize and a kilo of millet and another Sh 500 a term towards the salary of school's cook. This will enable their children be eligible for at least a cup of porridge made from maize flour and millet.

“We have had no sufficient rain for three years and parents are unable to feed their children. Many children are not going to school and even those who do, it is in the hope they will get at least a cup of porridge there,” Agnes Kaburo, the chairperson of Twereru People Living with Disability at Lailuba saidas quoted by Standard Media.

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Agnes Kaburo Elgeyo Marakwet County Lailuba Tigania East Sub County Tough Times

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