World Vision closes offices in Kenya, urges peace

By January 4, 2008

Kenya (MNN) — World Vision is one of many ministries feeling the pressures of the tension in Kenya. Due to safety concerns, their offices in the country have closed. 

However, this is not stopping their relief efforts to an estimated 150,000 displaced people.

World Vision is planning to provide mobile toilets, water cans, and blankets to communities who need them.

However, barricaded roads and fuel shortages are making their work difficult. As of Thursday, though, they were planning on flying in supplies within 24 hours. Communities are living with little food and other essential items. People are seeking safety at police stations, schools, and church compounds. 

While offering relief, the ministry continues to send out safety alerts as they monitor the situation. World Vision is part of a coalition of 140 national and international organizations calling for the violence to end and for peace to be restored. The operations director for
World Vision Kenya, Thomas Ruttoh, says they have appealed to the PNU and ODM leaders to stand up for peace. He also said that the courts of law should respond to the current situation as a matter
of urgency. 

Kenya's media outlets are being restricted, making information and credible details difficult to find. 

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