Effects of environmental disasters on the family in Kenya
Mburugu, Keren G.
Kithinji, Ciriaka T.
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Thepaper focuses on the main environmental disasters and issues in Kenya. Two main types of environmental issues that impact on thefamily are: Natural disasters such asfloods, earthquakes and landslides; and man-made environmentalproblems which include pollution, deforestation, community displacement, war and its effects such as landmines and bombs; development projects which result in the destabilization of natural ecosystems. The paper links environmental issues and thefamily situation e.g. poverty, poor crop yields leading tofood insecurity; separation of family members; maiming of family members; death of family members as a result of war, disease, poor unhygienic conditions at camps; loss of family property such as farms, livestock, stored grain and homes. Strategies for conquering and coping with the various disasters are suggested