Donation of body bags by Malteser causing anxiety and promotes violence in Kenyan election
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In the run up to the General elections in Kenya, Malteser which is an international charity organization saw it wise to donate body bags to policemen in various stations in Kenya. The election period in Kenya is volatile and such catalysts are causing anxiety because it is like digging a grave to the people who are still living. Malteser should have tried to create awareness on peace during this period, knowing very well that more than 1000 lives were lost during the 2007 general elections in Kenya. By donating body bags, most electorates see it as a sign that leaving their homes to exercise their democratic right to chose their leaders is a ticket to return home as corpses in body bags. It also send a clear message to the brutal police force that "we have given you the body bags to dispose the bodies". The question is, what does Malteser intend to achieve by donating body bags? In western world where Malteser is headquartered, there are elections but they have never donated these body bags. Why Africa, and why during this time. Is there some ill motives? Would I or any other Kenyan be wrong to put blame on Malteser should their body bags find use in stations they donated them? I don't think disposing of bodies before they die is a humanitarian response, and if that is enshrined in Malteser's vision, I beg to know.
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