The loss to this community can be evidenced by the reduced market price of the animals (shoats, cows and camels) due to their emaciated condition as a result of the prolonged water and grazing shortages. Most water points have dried up forcing most communities to rely on either commercial water trucks or trek further distances of more than 20 km for water.
56 years old Halima Ali Nuriye, a mother and a pastoralist from Fafi sub-county, Garissa County, is the sole breadwinner of her family. She also lives with her two orphaned nieces. As a guardian and breadwinner of the family, she is facing multiple challenges as a result of the escalating drought.
“We are no-longer able to cope. We are forced to send most of our livestock to other areas in search of pasture. I am only keeping a few livestock for the sole purpose of getting milk for the young ones. Our relatives in the urban areas have sent some financial support although it’s not sufficient. We were also able to get support from an agency that gave us wheat flour; 50kg was to be shared by 5 families! To us this was a drop in the ocean as the demand for food is high,” Halima Ali Nuriye
The adverse weather conditions have also lead to a negative trend in the children’s school attendance. Halima’s children are unable to attend school because of the schools’ inability to sustain the school feeding programme as well as the scarcity of water.
So far, a number of initiatives have been put in motion in an effort to secure these communities including provision for destocking. However, more urgent help is required even as President Uhuru appealed to the local and international partners to support the Government efforts.
“I appeal to the well-wishers to intervene with food supplies or strengthen general food distribution. Provision of clean portable water shall save us. We are also in dire need of improved sanitation facilities like latrines,” said Halima.
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