By PETER KOMBE
A section of the recovered mentally retarded persons have called on both local and national leaders to cushion them in the COVID-19 pandemic relief food.
The persons were speaking to the media in Mombasa early this week at the Kenya National Coast Polytechnic where they have been taken for refuge.
The persons point out that since they were taken to the facility no elected leader has shown concern on the welfare.
One of the persons who spoke on condition of anonymity said they rely on relief food from donors and well-wishers.
The victim insists that one of the major challenges facing them is inadequate food supplies.
“I call on our leaders not from Mombasa alone but the country at large to help us. We are here and need your assistance,” the person who has fully recovered lamented.
Another person (name withheld) also urged donors, well-wishers and leaders to come to their rescue.
He says they are in dire need of food and clean water at the facility.
Mombasa Women Economic Empowerment Chairperson Amina Abdalla also urged well-wishers to assist in donating food supplies to the mentally retarded persons.
She adds that there is need for local leaders to join hands by assisting the persons who she says are some have fully recovered.
“We have about seven of them who are now in their senses. According to their files, they have greatly improved,” she noted.
She added that the persons require a lot of care due to their vulnerability during this period of the corona pandemic.
Meanwhile Mombasa based social activist Lubna Nassir who donated food supplies at the facility called on the political elites to assist the mentally retarded victims.
She also called for joint efforts in the war against the corona pandemi
“This war requires us to join hands. We understand how vulnerable these people are. We can all improve their lives by giving the little that we have.” Nassir noted.
The facility has over 30 mentally retarded persons under the care of Mombasa Women Economic Empowerment Network.