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If it’s not climate change plaguing Somalis, it’s another of ...

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If it’s not climate change plaguing Somalis, it’s another of ‘the three Cs’

Strife is life for an 11-year-old boy bearing witness to a cruel convergence of environmental and political disasters

Katharine Houreld

Each morning in this Somali border town, 11-year-old Bashir Nur Salat plots his day’s mission behind a crooked wire fence. Armed with only a friend’s yellow school shirt, a borrowed book and a toothy grin, he eyes his prize through the mesh: lunch.

Bashir lives where three crises converge — global warming, spiralling food prices and war. He, like millions of others in Somalia, are in the crosshairs of what some aid workers are calling the “The Three Cs”: climate change, costs and conflict.

The worst drought in four decades in war-torn Somalia forced his family to leave their farm three months ago and to move about 100km north to the town of Dollow, on the border with Ethiopia...

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