Kenya is Eastern African country bordered by the Indian Ocean, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan. It gained its independence December 12, 1963 after being in Britain’s control since 1895.
Kenyans are diverse tribal groups, speaking 61 different languages, of which English and Kiswahili are the two official languages. The capital city, Nairobi, is like many capitals. It is the center for government and plays an important role in trade and business. The sky scrapers and industrialized city of Nairobi, create a façade of wealth and power. The reality is that Kenya is a country plagued with many problems including high unemployment, HIV/AIDS and poverty.
The population is approximately 43 million. According to the Global Monitoring Report 2013, which measures how well countries are doing economically and socially, Kenya’s poverty head count stands at 43.37 per cent?
In Kenya it is estimated that 2.2 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS – Almost 6% of the total population, while 1.5 million people have already died from the virus. 700 people are dying from Aids daily. Currently, out of every eight adults in rural Kenya, one is infected. In urban areas, nearly one out of every five adults is infected. It is estimated that there are 800 new infections every day. More than 50% of hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from AIDS-related complications, causing an immense strain on limited medical facilities. 8% of men and nearly 14% of women carried the virus that causes AIDS.
Kenyans have begun to serious contend with this dreaded disease. Earlier the fight was hampered by traditional beliefs. Some communities still believed it was some kind of witchcraft! Lack of knowledge may be discouraging use of condoms and/or HIV therapy among the Kenyans which has caused the rapid spread.
Kenya is a country overwhelmed by many troubles. Not only do the people suffer from insecurity about their day to day survival but they are also faced with an incurable and horrific virus. Because the adults are plagued with these issues, the children suffer in greater numbers. A priceless hope must be offered, not a hope that is a “quick fix” solution
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