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FirmRock Farm Review__March 20,2020

Today, FirmRock Children's Helper celebrates Story Day. 
__In honor of Story Day, check out this retelling of a Maasai folktale by Apes in Space productions. 

Want more updates on world stories? Visit FirmRock Arts on Instagram. 

FirmRock campaign update
Due to the generous donation of our friend and colleague who listed themself anonymous, the FirmRock Library Center campaign is back up for business. The campaign had initially been stalled due to issues the American team faced with LinkedIn customer service and the disruptions made by the COVID-19 virus scare in the United States.

You can visit the campaign at this GoFundMe link to donate and support education and learning empowerment in the Itoloni Village area, Kenya and beyond.

Today in the local news...
Today in the local news, The Guardian reports that Kenya prepares for a community shut down due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a viral pneumonia disease that has sent the world into a state of panic.
Kenya is one of the last places to be hit by the disease. The authorities worry that they do not have the resources to cope with the disease.

Local charities state that there is little possibility many Kenyan families will be able to quarantine against the spread because they cannot stock up on supplies. Kenyan families must instead protect by other means. The most simple means of protecting against the coronavirus include the following,
Wash your hands often.
Avoid touching your face and eyes before washing your hands.
Maintain a distance of about two arms lengths from other people in public places.
Frequently wash surfaces that are often touched. Examples, tables, countertops, vehicle steering wheels, etc.

For information regarding the disease, its spread, what causes it, what it does, how to protect yourself against it, and how to manage the stress it causes, please see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can find that at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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This is the new official web handle for the New African Living Standard. The New African Living Standard is a passion news project created out of the efforts of the FirmRock Children's Helper media department to bring Africa news by Africans and for Africans.

Over the course of the next few months, we intend to build this project to also include United States correspondence. The FirmRock Press Team is based in the United States and so this is a logical development.

For more information on the original New African Living Standard as it appears via LinkedIn go to this page.

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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…