Kenya’s 12-ton food aid for India and the story of 14 cows donated by Kenyan tribes to the United States
Kenya donated 12 tonnes of food to India | Photo credit: Facebook
- Kenya recently donated 12 tonnes of food items including tea, coffee and peanuts to India
- However, this heartwarming gesture was looked down upon by many.
- Kenyan tribe donated 14 cows to US after 9/11 terror attack
New Delhi: As India battled a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, several foreign countries around the world, including the United States, have provided support and expanded medical assistance to help the country overcome the situation.
Leading countries like the United States, Russia, Germany and France have sent essential medical supplies to India, such as oxygen cylinders, medicine and diagnostic tools, to help the country in its struggle. against the pandemic.
Kenya is also among the countries that have reached out to India in its battle against COVID. The East African country has donated 12 tonnes of food items, including locally produced tea, coffee and peanuts to the Indian Red Cross as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
“The government of Kenya wishes to stand in solidarity with the people and government of India during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic by donating edible food products,” said Willy Bett, the African country’s high commissioner to India.
Bett, who came from New Delhi to the financial capital to deliver the food items, said the donation was intended for frontline caregivers who continue to work long hours to save lives.
However, this heartwarming gesture was looked down upon by many who ridiculed the East African country for offering India food items. Some social media users even called Kenya a “poor country”, “beggar country” and also called out India for accepting such gifts.
In this context, it is worth recalling the following heartwarming story which shows that the gesture of giving is important and not what is in it.
When Kenya donated 14 cows to the United States
The September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in Manhattan, United States, which killed more than 3,000 people, rocked the world in 2001.
Several countries, including Britain and Australia, had sent troops to Afghanistan to fight al-Qaeda – the terrorist group behind the September 11 attack, to show solidarity with the United States.
When news of the 9/11 attack reached Enoosaen, a remote village in Kenya that is home to members of the Masai tribe, months later, the villagers decided to send 14 cows to the United States as a gesture of sympathy. .
According to foreign media reports, the cattle – considered sacred by the Maasai people – were handed over to William Brancick, deputy head of the United States Embassy in Kenya.
The members of the Masai tribe consider the cattle to be sacred and they usually offer it at the wedding or when returning home.
Villagers made the decision after a Kenyan-born man Wilson Kimeli Nayomah, who was a student in New York City at the time of the devastating event, told his people about the horrific incident when he returned home on vacation. .
In a book “14 Cows for America” by Carmen Agra Deedy, Kimeli explains, “The wish of the Maasai is that whenever Americans hear the simple story of 14 cows, they find a measure of comfort and peace. “