SomalilandDrought011

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    Aden Jama takes one of his few remaining goats out to look for pasture. As the drought has worsened he and his family have lost many of their animals and had to move closer to the village and the water trucking site.

    “Before the drought I had 220 sheep and goats and 12 camels. Now I have 40 sheep and goats and three camels left. The rest have died from the lack of water and pasture.

    “We used to live 10kms away and come to the village when we needed things. But we’ve had to move closer and closer as the livestock are getting weaker and can’t travel so far.

    “This is the first time we’ve seen this scale – in the last drought a few animals died but most survived. Now they are so weak that if it rains heavily it might kill them – we will have to shelter them in the house or they would die in the rain.

    “Our lives depend on our livestock – we have no other skills and there are no other jobs.

    “In the past the children had milk from the animals. Now they have nothing. They are still ok for now, but you can see them getting weaker. It is almost six months since they ate meat or vegetables. Relatives send us food – we mainly eat rice twice a day, and sometimes maize, tea, flour and bread.”

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