Kenyan Red Cross mum on rotten food aid

The Kenyan Red Cross Society comes under fire over relief food mess.

Kenyans expressed outrage over news 28 bales of sorghum mix have expired at the KRCS warehouse in Lodwar, Turkana county. The bales, which have been lying in the warehouse for months and were bought using Kenyan donations, according to Derrick Ejore of the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, could have benefitted dozens of starving people in Kenya, including the more than 460,000 refugees at the Dadaab camp. Another consignment is expected to go bad next week, The Standard reports.

KRCS relief officer Flora Kyondo confirmed the ugly fate of the supplies, but was “at pains” on why tons of relief food were left to waste in the warehouse. She only said the organization stopped distribution of relief food in October last year and that it has recalled 1,866 Unimix bags — believed to be contaminated — that it had previously distributed to primary schools for analysis.

The bales, which expired on Jan. 8, have already been seized by Kenyan officials and will be destroyed according to law.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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