Coronavirus: Kenyans moved by widow preparing stones for children


Peninah Bahati Kitsao and one of her children in Mombasa, Kenya

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Peninah Bahati Kitsao says the help she received is “a miracle”

Kenyans rallied to the aid of a widow filming baking stones for her eight children to make them believe that she was cooking for them.

Peninah Bahati Kitsao, who lives in Mombasa, hoped they would fall asleep while waiting for their meal.

She washed the laundry locally, but this work is difficult to do now because people have limited their interactions because of the coronavirus.

A shocked neighbor, Prisca Momanyi, alerted the media to her fate.

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After being interviewed by NTV from Kenya, the widow received money by cell phone and through a bank account opened to her by Ms. Momanyi because the mother of eight cannot read or write.

Kitsao, who lives in a two-bedroom house with no running water or electricity, called the generosity a “miracle.”

“I didn’t think Kenyans could be this loving after receiving phone calls from across the country asking how they could be of help,” she told Tuko website.

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Peninah Bahati Kitsao put the stones in these pots

She had told NTV that her hungry children had not been deceived for a long time by her delaying stone cooking tactics.

“They started to tell me they knew I was lying to them, but there was nothing I could do because I had nothing. “

His neighbor came to see if the family was okay after hearing the children cry, NTV reports.

As part of measures to protect the most vulnerable from the coronavirus crisis, the government has launched a feeding program.

But he had not yet reached Ms. Kitsao, who was widowed last year when her husband was killed by a gang.

Her neighbor also thanked the county authorities and the Kenya Red Cross, who also came to help Ms. Kitsao.

Many more households in this area of ​​the coastal city will now also benefit from the food aid program, according to the authorities.

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Like many low-income Kenyans, Kitsao has struggled to make money last month since the government took steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus, including a travel ban in and out of big cities, Basillioh Mutahi reports from the BBC in the capital, Nairobi.

Many companies have cut or suspended their businesses, which means workers who depend on short-term contracts or hard work have no other way of making a living.

Those running small businesses have also been affected by the twilight to dawn curfew.

Ms. Kitsao’s story of desperation coincided with the revelation that the Ministry of Health has spent huge sums of money, donated by the World Bank to respond to the pandemic, for tea, snacks and time. mobile phone antenna for its staff.

Details about the expected number of people are not clear, but social media has scandalized the fact that the government is spending such sums at a time when many Kenyans continue to suffer, says our reporter.

The East African nation has recorded 395 cases of Covid-19 and 17 deaths.


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