Kenya ‘sitting on a time bomb’ as drought sends it ever closer to famine
Africa faces heightened food and water insecurity, with 16-million at risk across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, says UN
Bloated livestock carcasses and sun-bleached bones litter the parched landscape around Garissa in eastern Kenya, the epicentre of a humanitarian and environmental crisis that’s unfolding across the Horn of Africa.
The worst drought in at least four decades and sweltering temperatures have depleted the area’s rivers and dams, driven thousands of destitute farmers from their lands and left those who remain reliant on pumps, boreholes and trucked-in water. School attendance has plummeted and children as young as six are sent to get water, rolling yellow plastic drums for kilometres to collection points.
Aden Olow is among those who’ve been forced from their homes. After losing his 20th goat to the drought in late February, he set off from his village of Nunow near Garissa with the remains of his small herd in search of grazing in neighbouring Somalia, leaving his wife Mumina Mohammed to look after their nine children. She’s had to borrow money from local shop owners to support the family. ..