The unwanted impacts of the novel coronavirus is not only shutdown of business but hunger which may be a global canker in a long term.
One mother in Mombasa County was forced to boil stones for her children after enduring days of hunger during the coronavirus pandemic.
Peninah Kitao, a widow, said that she boiled the stones to cheat her children that food was cooking for them to fall asleep. She blames the tough economic times for the troubles she is going through right now.
She was widowed after thieves attacked and killed her husband in 2019 when she was two months pregnant with her last child. This forced her to start washing clothes for a living but things changed when the first case of the coronavirus was announced in the country.
Peninah’s neighbour, Prisca Nyakaragio said she heard cries in her neighbour’s house and rushed to check on the matter. This is when she found that Peninah had boiled stones.
…After hearing cries, I rushed to my neighbour’s house and found her seated. I found a cooking pot on the ground covered but it had no food and asked them if they had eaten, to which she answered no and told me that her children are crying due to hunger.
She informed me that on Tuesday, April 28, she was forced to boil stones to try and trick her children that food was cooking in order for them to fall asleep.
Her story was highlighted in a local news broadcast on Wednesday evening that touched many viewers.