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The FirmRock 2020 goal campaign has seen some major setbacks at the end of February and the early rise of March. A technical malfunction in the messaging system led to a severe social media controversy. FirmRock's staff received threats from angry social media connections regarding the glitchy messaging thread. For this reason, the purpose of that campaign was obscured. Exhausted with the controversy, FirmRock's communications staff began to reevaluate ways to drive home the dire need for support the Itoloni community has.

___Tomorrow at FirmRock, you should expect the teaser to brand films regarding FirmRock's fundraising campaign. 

For now, see this broadcast video from the Kenya local newscast. This accents the dangers Kitui county continues to face. Again, FirmRock, a humanitarian relief mission designed to support and care for the needs of 28 children living in the drought zone, requests support for the dire straights the Itoloni neighborhood may soon be in. If the local farming coop and education support CBO can raise $5,000 before the end of March, they will commence with building Itoloni's first-ever community impact center. A structure that could completely reverse the curse to local food security of this local crisis.

See more below:
Locust crisis_panic spreads among the farmers

A mob killed a teacher in Kitui, last month calls for action came


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FirmRock Farm Review presents: Kenya in Peril

Police kill 12 citizens in an attempt to enforce COVID-19 curfews_ 
Andalou Agency reports that Kenya police have killed at least 12 people in an attempt to enforce a dawn to dusk curfew. Now, citizens wear any makeshift mask that they can muster to stave off the violence of the police.

Within the last two weeks, police became violent enforcers of COVID-19 lockdown. In this footage, by Telegraph UK, Kenyan authorities deployed tear gas. 

In Kiamaiko, a 13-year-old boy was likewise shot by the police. The officer was enforcing COVID-19 curfew: 

Al Jazeera reported later that the police were to investigate the killing of the child: 

France 24 also shared an interview with Kenya's president, who apologized for the "excessive" behavior of riot police: 
Kenya is a country under excessive duress due to COVID-19. Africa News shared this video showing Kenyans dashing madly for food relief, in a stampede, as the country lockdowns add further strain to a food supply already severely d…