As the coronavirus cases rise in Kenya, many city residents are fleeing to their rural homes, despite a warning from clerics and government officials.
Weeks after Covid-19 was first reported, panicking Kenyans – including Catholics – left cities and towns and travelled to the rural villages, where they believe their families are safer from Covid-19.
“They are not safe in the villages either. It is just an assumption. In the event of an outbreak in the village, it would be difficult to control the virus,” said Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, an Apostle of Jesus priest in the Kisumu Archdiocese.
The exodus has parallels to Italy, where thousands moved south in early March amid reports of government plans to quarantine regions in the north. Many boarded trains and buses ahead of the shutdown of Lombardy, a region that includes Milan and nearby provinces.
Picture: People walk to their houses in a poor neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya, on 27th March 2020. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a curfew to contain the spread of Covid-19. (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters).