Further warning on serious Kenya starvation threat

Further warning on serious Kenya starvation threat

By Agencies
8 Feb 2009

The chair of the Episcopal Conference of the Catholic Church in Kenya has warned that more than ten million Kenyans are at immediate risk of hunger, because of mismanagement and corruption by the government.

Cardinal John Njue said: "While we acknowledge the fact that there have been inadequate rains in many parts of the country, we are also conscious that had we all taken proper measures, planned in advance, curbed the vice of greed, selfishness, and have the political will to weed out the culture of corruption, no life could be endangered or lost to hunger. The wanton loss of lives and the high poverty levels in this country are a matter of great concern to the Catholic Church in Kenya."

According to the government there are over 10 million Kenyans at risk of hunger, reports FIDES.

The Catholic Church in Kenya has for some time now denounced the speculation that has caused an artificial rise in food prices. Caritas has launched an urgent program for helping over four million people, those most in danger.

The new protest being made by Cardinal Njue took place during the presentation of the five-year national plan of the Kenyan Bishops' Conference. The ceremony was attended by several Bishops.

The Cardinal said: "I wish to emphasize that this strategic plan is not just about objectives, activities, performance indicators target and deliverables. It is about an encounter between the recipient and the church that leads the recipient to feel loved, cared for, respected and dignified as a person created in the image and likeness of God and enjoying that freedom, that joy and that peace of the children of God."

Cardinal Njue assured of the Church's commitment to social transformation in Kenya based on Gospel values. In a society that is "prone to violence, corruption, inequality, injustices of all kinds and tribalism, the Catholic Church through its Justice and Peace Commission will continue to form consciences, be on the side of truth, justice and reconciliation."

Following post-election violence in 2008, the unity of Kenya is under threat, the Cardinal said. He gave assurance that "the Catholic Church will continuously work for the unity of our nation and of our people at all costs."

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With acknowledgements to Independent Catholic News: http://www.indcatholicnews.com/

Keywords: food | hunger | kenya
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