Fuel, food and cellphone credit

According to a report yesterday in the New York Times on the continuing crisis in Kenya, “fuel, food and cellphone credit are in short supply”. Who would have thought, even just a couple of short years ago, that in a time of humanitarian crisis cellphone credit would be uttered in the same sentence as ‘essential’ fuel and food items?

Many people have long argued that communications, and access to information, ought to be basic human rights. Maybe their time is coming.