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Kenya

Concern Worldwide has been helping people to come together and solve problems in their local communities.

Kenya and other countries in the region have been waiting anxiously this week for the start of the “long” rains.

A trip to the local market in Kajiado town shows just how serious the situation is. Vendor’s stalls are almost empty with only the bare amount of vegetables and pluses to be found, none of which have actually been produced in the region.

In January, the Kenyan government declared a national food emergency. 10 million people in the country are at risk of starvation this year.

Dublin city was covered in red scarves this morning telling Ilo’s story a Kenyan farmer who wraps a red scarf around her skinny body. Ilo often goes days without eating, doing whatever she can to try to forget about how hungry she is. Sometimes she chews on a small piece of bark.

Concern’s Tara McIndoe is blogging from the Fighting Hunger Conference: It’s a gorgeous morning in Dublin. One of those blue, crisp, see-the-flight-paths-in-the-skies October mornings.

Yesterday marked the start of the “Stop Child Labour Africa Tour”. Child labour experts from India, Nepal and Morocco will be touring across five African countries. They’ll be spreading the message that all child labour is unacceptable!

In Kenya, we have used mobile phones to transfer money to poor and vulnerable people. The scheme has been a success.

Thousands of villagers in remote Kenya are anxiously awaiting text messages, writes Rob Crilly, in the Rift Valley.

Concern says a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Kenya must be found as a matter of urgency. This is what ordinary Kenyans, civil society organisations, the media and the business sector there are calling for.

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