Africa in Crisis: Kenyan Native Missionaries Rush Emergency Aid to Starving Refugees

Note Nov. 1: Since we published this story in August, the need has intensified and is as urgent today as ever.

August 23, 2011

Every day, more than 1000 refugees from Somalia flood across the unguarded border into Kenya, adding more hungry mouths to the 1 million starving refugees already there. Over five million Africans are suffering the ravages of drought and starvation as famine stalks three countries in the northeastern “horn” of Africa.

A million Kenyans have joined the five million Somalis in the “triangle of death” starvation belt where there has been no rain for more than a year. Christian Aid is increasing its appeals for help in the United States according to staff workers in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Native missionaries working among the forgotten Turkana and Pokot tribes of Kenya sent the following report to Rae Burnett:

“Dear Sister Rae,

“Grace and greetings from the Turkana Desert.

“First, I want to appreciate Christian Aid´s immediate response that enabled us to rush emergency food and water to the famine and drought-ravaged Turkana and Pokot tribes.

This Turkana woman has seen decades of suffering. Missionaries want her to know the hope of the gospel.

“We have seen with our own eyes the terrible sufferings of these forgotten people.

“Many are dying. Just on this trip, I personally witnessed two children die from hunger. The squalid conditions in which most of these nomadic tribals normally live are dehumanizing. My dear Sister Rae, I know you understand. You have been here and seen it yourself. In these famine conditions there is lack of food, water is dirty and scarce, and there is no proper sanitation for the makeshift dwellings.

“As we distributed the food and water to those villages, we told them of the love of Christ. We are so encouraged that through our distributions of food supplies for famine relief that those unreached tribal groups can be opened up for the gospel and church planting.

“Your Brother Elijah.”

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