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Biting hunger as children hospitalised as eating chameleons in Molo

Children hospitalised after eating chameleons as hunger escalates in Kenya as a result of prolonged drought.

Following the consumption of chameleons made by their older brother, two kids are battling for their life at the hospital in the Molo sub-county.

The mother of the two, ages 4 and 2, from Nyakinyua village in Sirikwa ward Kuresoi North constituency, found them unconscious when she got home from work.

Their mother, Joyce Chemng’etich, claimed that her son, who is seven, decided to boil the chameleons in order to supplement the meager amount of potatoes they had.

Chemng’etich was alerted of the situation after discovering two heads of chameleons in a sufuria.

“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 the 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.

Benard Warui, the medical director for Molo Sub-County, said that the two kids were stable and responding well to treatment.

Residents in the area called upon well-wishers to intervene and support the single mother of nine. 

Nearly 12 counties in Kenya are afflicted by the extreme drought and hunger that the country is currently experiencing.

On Saturday, November 5, President William Ruto led the government in sending off aid foods to the afflicted counties in an effort to combat the hunger problem.

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