Two children are fighting for their lives in Molo sub-county hospital after eating chameleons prepared by their elder brother. The two, aged 4 and 2, from Nyakinyua village in Sirikwa ward Kuresoi North constituency, were rushed to the hospital by their mother, who found them unconscious after she returned home from work.

Their mother, Joyce Chemng’etich, indicated that her seven-year-old son opted to cook the reptiles to add to the few potatoes they had for food. Chemng’etich was alerted of the situation after discovering two heads of chameleons in a sufuria. Emaciated cows due to drought in KenyaA picture of emaciated cows due to ravaging drought in “When I asked him why he had prepared chameleons for his siblings, he told me it was because of hunger,” Chemng’etich stated. Her neighbours performed first aid on the children before they were rushed to a nearby clinic in the village.

Doctors referred them to Molo sub-county hospital, where the two were admitted, and their progress monitored.”Their mother is a hustler, and she does small manual jobs to cater for the family,” a neighbour revealed.According to Molo sub-county medical superintendent, Benard Warui, the two children were stable and responding well to medication. Residents in the area called upon well-wishers to intervene and support the single mother of nine. Kenya is dealing with an unprecedented drought and hunger situation, with nearly 12 counties across the country affected. President William Ruto, on Saturday, November 5, led the government in flagging off relief foods to the affected counties to help address the hunger situation.

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