East Africa Food Crisis - Turkana, Kenya

The pastoralist communities of Turkana are experiencing the longest period of drought in their history with their livestock dying, and are now struggling to feed themselves, reliant on Oxfam food aid.


Here, 13 year old Ikai goes begging for food from people who have just received their Oxfam food rations.


People in these areas rely on their livestock as their main source of income and nutrition, but the drought has left the animals weak, dying and hard to sell. Oxfam’s “de-stocking” program buys up some of the weakest goats and, sheep – ensuring that their owners get an income and some vital cash before their assets die – and we then slaughter the animals to provide meat to the community.


About 900,000 vulnerable animals – belonging to 18,000 families – are also benefiting from Oxfam’s veterinarian and de-worming programs.


We are appealing for $80 million -- our largest ever appeal for Africa.

Please donate: www.oxfam.org/eastafrica


Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam. Lokitaung district, Turkana, Kenya.

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Taken on July 5, 2011