Hunger stricken residents forced to feed on hyena meat
Hunger-stricken residents from Marsabit county, Kenya were forced to slaughter and consume hyena due to food insecurity in the area. Marsabit is among North-Eastern parts of Kenya currently facing drought and families are hit hard in the area. The situation is worsening every day.
Due to hunger, the residents were forced to consume meat from a hyena. The hyena was hit by a vehicle making it easier for the residents to slaughter. The area chief confirmed the story as true. The residents slaughtered it to have something to cater for their stomachs after hunger hit them hard, said the area chief.
The residents are now calling for well-wishers and the government to help them with relief food.
According to the Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG) 2021 Long Rains Assessment (LRA), the poor 2021 March to May long rains resulted in below-average crop production in marginal agricultural areas, reducing casual labor opportunities and household food availability, driving area-level Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes.
In the pastoral areas, below-average rangeland regeneration has negatively impacted livestock production, resulting in below-average milk production and consumption and high staple food prices, driving area-level Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes. The national COVID-19 restrictions have continued to primarily impact the urban poor by restricting income-earning opportunities and driving many urban poor households to engage in coping strategies indicative of Crisis (IPC Phase 3).
Following the July National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) bulletins, a drought alert for arid and semi-arid areas was declared for most pastoral and marginal agricultural areas across Kenya following the poor March-May long rains. According to the 2021 KFSSG Long Rains Assessment, the population in need of humanitarian assistance in the arid and semi-arid areas increased by 47 percent since the Short Rains Assessment in February 2021 due to the compounding effects of consecutive below-average rainfall seasons on crop and livestock production, coupled with the protracted effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.