The visit of the American first lady Jill Biden to Kenya ends today with a meeting with the Masai people. Together with the US ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman (fourth from left), Biden visited today a center that monitors health of Masai children in Loseti, in the Kajiado region.
During the meeting, Biden spoke to some women from the Masai community. In the village of Loseti she learned of the impact of Drought on pastoralism. This is Biden’s third day in Kenya, where he visited a site highlighting the consequences of drought on communities.
In a statement released to the media on Friday, Jill Biden’s Kenyan counterpart, Rachel Rutoconfirmed that the three-day visit of the US president’s wife will see her focus especially on economic empowerment projects that affect women.
Drought, appeal by an Italian non-profit organization in Kenya
“Jill Biden will be in Kenya from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February, per strengthen partnerships of America with Kenya and the African continent and to promote shared priorities between America and Kenya,” the statement read.
On her Twitter profile, the US first lady also wrote: “I will listen to those affected by the ongoing historic drought and thefood insecuritywhich has been exacerbated by the unleashed effects of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine”.
In the photo, US First Lady Jill Biden, second from left, and the US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman (first from left) during a visit to the village of Loseti in a center that monitors the health and nutrition of Masai children.
The First Lady’s visit aims to draw attention to the drought, the worst recorded in the Horn of Africa in recent decades. Five consecutive seasons of low rainfall they have killed millions of livestock, destroyed crops and left an estimated 22 million people without food in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.