The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on Tuesday, 8th June, dispatched humanitarian assistance to families affected by the recent volcanic eruption in Goma Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The aid will help thousands of families displaced by volcanic eruption at Mount Nyiragongo last month.
The Kenyans donated medicine and dried foodstuff, including meat and meat products from the Kenya Meat Commission. They also sent onions, cabbages, potatoes carrots from the KDF Gilgil Food Processing Factory.
The distribution was carried out as a civil-military cooperation.
The Kenyan contingent was led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Eastern Command, Major-General Ayub Matiiri. He said the support to the vulnerable families was important, especially in the aftermath of the eruption.
“This barely comes after the President and the Commander in Chief of the KDF, Uhuru Kenyatta, visited Congo and signed cooperation agreements. KDF is taking up the task in that regard,” said Maj-Gen Matiiri.
Receiving the donations, Lieutenant-General Constant Ndina, the general governor of North Kivu, thanked Kenya for the medical and food supplies.
Lt-Gen Ndina noted that the aid was a gift delivered on time.
“I sincerely want to thank the leadership of Kenya, especially the President, for this kind gesture to the disaster victims at a time that we really needed it the most. This really shows the solidarity between the Kenyan people and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of President Felix Tshisekedi, Special Adviser Rodger Kamba said the humanitarian support demonstrated that the relationship between the two countries was growing stronger.
“This is the first African country to send two aircraft donation loads. On behalf of the President and the people of Congo, we are truly grateful,” said Dr Kamba.