This Ramadhan, Safina Charity returned to Wajir (Northern Kenya) as part of their annual mission to distribute food packages to families during this special month. This year, the team have successfully managed to provide around 1,000 food packages, to feed up to 5,000 men, women & children. A further 200 packages are planned during the coming week.
Whilst I was unable to travel with this team on this year’s mission, seeing the images and videos takes me back to when I was in Wajir in 2016. This remote region is dubbed “Forgotten Kenya” and it’s easy to understand why. This desert town is a long way from the city streets of Nairobi. The journey from the capital by road takes around 13 hours, and from Garissa to Wajir lays many miles of arid desert. There are no proper roads on this long, treacherous stretch and very few people to be seen outside the various settlements which are passed en-route.
The community living in Wajir are extremely poor and live in some of the most primitive conditions imaginable. The shelters are basic and exposed to the elements.
The team distributed packages to families living in the region. What struck me when I first went to Wajir, is that whilst these communities are exceptionally poor and barely have the basic necessities of life, I was taken back by how many smiling faces we were met with.
For anyone coming from the developed world (including the middle-upper class communities in Kenya), this place is a real eye-opener. It puts the life many of us lead into perspective and it certainly made me appreciate many of the things that I have taken for granted during my life. Even things that are considered basic in developed nations, such as a weatherproof home or comfortable bed, are a world away for many people in places such as Wajir.
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Photo credits: Studio 10VR.