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Emma Rigby visits Northern Kenya 3 months on from the East Africa crisis appeal

Mareeg.com-CAFOD celebrity ambassador Emma Rigby has just returned to the U.K following a visit to Northern Kenya to see how money raised from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and CAFOD’s East Africa Crisis Appeal, have been used to support the millions of people living in the region who are in urgent need of food and water due to devastating drought.


Through no fault of their own, the drought has caused people to lose their entire livelihoods – livestock – cattle, goats, camels –  which they are utterly dependent upon for their survival,” said Ms. Rigby, 27.

On an emotional five-day trip, the ex- Hollyoaks actress, visited remote parts of northern Kenya, travelling with CAFOD and its local Caritas aid workers, to see how they deliver emergency aid to vulnerable families.

Visiting the Daaba community in Isiolo, she saw how a mobile nutrition clinic, was a life-line to mothers and their malnourished children.


Father Stephen Murage, director of Caritas Isiolo, who accompanied Emma, told her:


“We never give up, whether the fourth, fifth, sixth drought, we never give up. We can’t stand by and let people suffer. We must respond. Responding creates hope in people’s hearts. When people see Caritas, they find the strength to carry on, to survive.”

Emma Rigby explains a point to Caritas Isiolo Director Fr. Stephen Murage during a health mobile outreach service clinic conducted by CAFOD’s partner Caritas Isiolo in collaboration with A.V.I Matercare Hospital on 20th June in Daaba village Isiolo. The excercise was made possible by funds channeled through CAFOD.

Travelling further north, from Isiolo to Marsabit, Ms. Rigby saw urgently needed food being distributed to the community in Bubisa.


“I met amazing women who, somehow, had found the will and the spirit to survive,” said Emma.


She saw the dignified approach with which CAFOD’s local Caritas aid workers from Caritas Marsabit, delivered vital food aid to 3,000 people – each village representative collects the food aid and distributes it amongst the families in their village rather than queueing for hours to receive their sacks of food, the village group sits together, and divides up the food aid, according to the needs of each family.


Emma continued: “Here the community decided, with Caritas Marsabit, on a better way to distribute food aid, that didn’t involve queuing, but did involve the participation of the community in their village groups.

“What might seem a small detail to me or you, meant so much to the mainly women I met, they told me they felt in control, and their ‘dignity had been restored’.”

The UN estimates that 23 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and northern Kenya are in need of humanitarian assistance, and where half a million children under five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate life-saving treatment.

Actress Emma Rigby watches as Dima Konchoro receives her oil ration during a food distribution excercise in Bubisa, Marsabit, on 22nd June 2017 that was organised by CAFOD’s partner Caritas Marsabit. Each family received rations of rice, beans cooking oil and sugar.

The DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal has raised £60 million, three months on from its appeal launch in March; and CAFOD’s own appeal has raised almost £4 million, to tackle the hunger crisis with local solutions.

Aid is reaching people suffering a humanitarian crisis in parts of East Africa, but ongoing drought and conflict are making the situation worse. CAFOD and its local Caritas aid agencies, continue to urgently support those hit by the devastating drought across East Africa.  Emma, set to star in ITV’sEndeavour this autumn, said:

Portrait of Actress Emma Rigby at a food distribution excercise held on 22nd June in Bubisa by CAFOD’s partner, Caritas Marsabit, on 22nd June 2017. The food distribution reached about 3,000 people who were affected by the drought that has afflicted many parts of Northern Kenya.

“Three months may have passed by since this crisis hit the media headlines, but the needs are still great, the effect of this drought is not over.

“CAFOD and its local aid workers are doing invaluable work providing aid where it’s needed most.


“I’ve learned that the aid I saw being delivered is more than just aid, it truly gives people a sense of hope and restores dignity.”


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