Kenyan kids traumatised by deadly floods

from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MORE than 127 000 children displaced by floods in Kenya are in need of psychological support.

The East African country is reeling from the harsh weather conditions that have left some 180 people dead.

Humanitarian agencies reported that some Kenyans had witnessed the death of loved ones who have died or seen their homes destroyed by flooding.

Children are worst affected by the trauma.

“Children are always the hardest hit and most affected by natural disasters,” said Francois Batalingaya, National Director of World Vision Kenya.

Jacqueline Rioba, Associate Director for disaster management at the organisation, said children who had been through a traumatic event might act withdrawn or reserved.

“They need to re-establish a sense of normalcy in a safe space and be able to learn how to identify, express and manage their emotions,” Rioba said.

World Vision is among organisations responding to those affected by floods.

It is distributing blankets, soap, buckets, cooking pots, mosquito nets and food items, along with psychosocial support activities for children.

Since flooding began in March, over 6 600 schools have been damaged.

Schooling for more than 2 million children has been affected.

Ironically, Kenya is emerging from successive years of droughts.
– CAJ News

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