#WeCannotIgnore: Kenyans Share Emotional Messages on Turkana Drought

  • A good-hearted Kenyan offers a drink of Milk to a starving Turkana man [COURTESY: Roncliffe Odit- BBC] File BBC
  • Kenyans have been on the receiving end of bad news of fellow countrymen ravaged by drought in Turkana, Baringo and other areas in the country.

    So far reports on the media have it that deaths have been recorded due to the drought as the situation continues to escalate.

    Even so, the government, through DP William Ruto and CS Eugene Wamalwa addressed the nation on Monday and claimed that no Kenyan life had been lost as a result of the drought.

    Many Kenyans found the position of the government to be questionable since the messages and pictures shared on social media implied that the situation was worse and that the government was just engaging efforts of downplaying it.

    An affected person in Turkana [COURTESY: Roncliffe Odit - BBC]

    Kenyans on Twitter developed the tag #WeCannotIgnore for purposes of sharing factual information about the situation in Turkana to ensure the government acts and does so with speed.

    The hashtag, that was developed by journalists, especially from The Scribes 254 WhatsApp group, has received tremendous response from Kenyans.

    Netizens participating in the online discourse also shared emotional messages and photos that have made many to comprehend the plight of the people affected by the drought.

    The result has been the establishment of a strong voice of the Kenyan people on what ought to be done to deal with the serious situation rather than just taking it as a natural disaster.

    See some of the photos of the situation in Turkana County Courtesy of Roncliffe Odit - BBC

    The following are some of the posts under the hashtag “#WeCannotIgnore”