Street Families Hold Protests After Colleague Dies Of Hunger
Street families in Nairobi have today protested the death of one of them who allegedly died of hunger at Mlango Kubwa Starehe sub-county.
His colleagues who held protests at the City mortuary claim that the said street person died while begging for food with no help.
The protesters demonstrated with the coffin of the deceased who was scheduled to be buried athe Langata cemetery.
Medical documents seen by Ghetto Radio show that he was taken to the MSF Hospital in Mathare by a good Samaritan but died upon arrival.
“Brought in by Good Samaritan… unresponsive client, gasping no clear history, good Samaritan says he found him lying down,” MSF Hospital document reads in part.
“It is sad that we have lost one of our own because of food… he begged everyone around him for help and he was unlucky he collapsed and died later in MSF..He was a good friend who cared for us,” his colleague told Ghetto Radio News.
Another street family member says that help for the deceased arrived a little bit late.
“We called for help but it was too late. He was weak and could not move and eventually lost his life… this is the third person we are losing. The government should act immediately,” they said.
Through Zero Street Children Foundation they have asked the government to move in with speed and implement feeding programs and other social services.
Fatma Mumbi Shahenza from the organisation slammed the Ministry of Labour for not bearing the mandate to have street families provided for, accusing those in charge of discriminating street families.
“Health is a very important issue that needs to be provided, these families have nowhere to run to whenever they become sick, let’s have a program that will ensure they are treated without charges… another major problem is food, street families have nothing to eat and anger is now killing them. The deceased here is not the first one who passed away under this condition,” Mumbi said.