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First consignment of food headed to Turkana

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The first consignment of food purchased under the Kenyans for Kenya initiative was sent to Turkana Sunday morning to feed at least 21,000 people heavily affected by the worst food crisis in the region.Four truckloads of 150 metric tonnes of Unimix food was flagged off in Nairobi and will be mainly used to feed those severely malnourished as a result of the drought and school going children over the next six months.Unimix is an enriched maize and bean flour designed and used to fight malnutrition. It contains maize flour, soybeans, oil, milk powder, and sugar; plus vitamins and minerals.Humanitarian organizations usually use it in large quantities to feed starving people in order to fight severe malnutrition, especially in children, who need substantial protein to grow.“Unimix has been used due to the shortage of maize in the country…it is highly enriched and will assist the children without food stay in school for them to catch up for lost time occasioned by the drought,” Red Cross secretary general Abass Gulet said on Sunday.So far, Kenyans have under the initiative raised at least Sh61 million through M-Pesa donations but it is likely to significantly rise by Friday this week when corporate organisations make their contributions.