Extend compassion hand to Gaza, government told


When President William Ruto prayed at Jerusalem's Western Wall in Israel. [PCS]

The national government has been urged to step up and play a role in alleviating the dire humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza.

In a passionate appeal echoing borders, businessman Nazir Jinnah said current global reports indicate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has worsened, as the Israel-Hamas war intensifies.

He said thousands have been killed in both sides with the majority of casualties being from Gaza.

The businessman said the calls go beyond political conflicts, with emphasis on the urgent need to prioritise human lives and position Kenya as a beacon of hope for those seeking refuge.

“Kenya can extend her compassionate arm and provide sanctuary for the suffering children and their families,” said Jinnah in an interview.

Thousands of families are bearing the brunt of the relentless conflict that has spared no one, including young babies, women and journalists.

Jinnah's plea underscores the moral imperative to protect the lives of the innocent, aligning with Kenya's historical commitment to humanitarian causes.

“Recognising Kenya's rich history of hosting refugees and promoting a diverse, multicultural society, I see an opportunity for Kenya to make a significant impact by offering a haven for those affected,” he said.

Kenya is home to several refugee camps hosting thousands of people from war-torn countries like Somalia and DRC.

“Such a move not only resonates with Kenya's ethos of compassion and empathy but also has the potential to build a stronger economic base through international support,” said Jinnah.

According to him, Kenya can tap billions of dollars as donations from countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Germany- if it chooses to pursue this ‘noble initiative’.

Since the war started, more than 17,000 Palestinians have been killed, while Israel has lost more than 2,000 lives.

Jinnah's call encourages a reevaluation of preconceived notions, urging innovative solutions to address the pressing needs of displaced families.

“Kenya, with its rich history and capacity for resilience, could become a beacon of hope for those seeking safety and a right to life,” he said.

He said the dire situation in Gaza and Israel necessitates a collective response, and Kenya stands a chance to open up new possibilities for solidarity and international cooperation.

By taking a leading role in alleviating the suffering of affected families, he said Kenya has the opportunity to showcase its commitment to humanity and set an example for other nations facing similar challenges.

He said Kenya is considered to be the cradle of humanity and has traditionally advocated for a two-state solution to end the perennial conflict between Israel and Palestine.

“We believe Palestine should be a free state and we stand for a two-state as a means of resolving the conflict,” President William Ruto said during a recent meeting of African leaders in Saudi Arabia. 

According to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the continued hostilities in Gaza and Israel, “have created appalling human suffering, physical destruction and collective trauma across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

The UN boss on Saturday said that the “international community has a responsibility to use all its influence to prevent further escalation and end this crisis.”