As the drought intensifies in Africa, thousands of people are fleeing their homes for the refugee camps in Kenya. When they arrive there, they are given food to eat and poly tarps to make housing. Many tents are housing entire families, including parents, grandparents, and children. As the crisis continues, families are required to share housing with each other until more tarps are made available.
Most of the refugees are fleeing intense conditions, many not having anything to eat, or drink for days, or weeks. Children are the hardest hit, and the most vulnerable to these conditions. Many are severely malnourished and under-weight, a lot do not survive.
The tarps are given to people and are often the only protection these families have from the heat and weather conditions. There are so many people in need, that the camps are overwhelmed, and many people must set up their tents outside of the protection of the refugee camps. They provide modest housing, and are easy to set up.
Angelina Urquart, the GM of Tarps Plus, a leading tarp supplier in based in Los Angeles quoted, "We have sent tarps to Africa more this year than in the past."
The tarp housing can be used for as long as needed. Some of the refugees that have fled to Kenya have lived here for over a year, with hundreds more arriving every day. The most severe cases are given immediate medical attention, and monitored feeding under the close supervision of the medical personnel at the camp. Despite all of the efforts, dozens die each week, mostly young children who are too far gone by the time they get to the camp.
Poly tarps are one of the most used resources in every disaster, but especially with such a large area of Africa affected. They are the only form of protection that refugees have from the sun, heat, and weather conditions. New refugees are coming all the time from neighboring nations, such as Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti. Kenya is also being affected by the drought and famine in the area, that is getting worse each week.