Danger in Arid and semi-arid areas

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A large number of muslim leaders,men,women and children  gathered at Orahay grounds in Wajir county today.They prayed for rain after the prolonged drought which is killing livestock and starving the residents.

These muslims believe that once they gather and pray together, it’s going to rain.

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Among other counties facing one of the most acute droughts they have ever endured are Kitui, Makueni, Mandera and Turkana.

The Kenya Government declared the drought a national disaster in September 2021 which is also ravaging communities across Ethiopia and Somalia.

 Hunger, displacement, disease outbreaks, conflict over scarce resources, and increased abuse and exploitation of children and women are just some of the consequences of this crisis.

Pastoralists are losing their livestock and everyday people are going hungry and thirsty.In Turkana, one of the driest parts of Kenya, lakeside communities can no longer survive on fishing since the drought has drastically reduced the availability of fish.

The drought has been driven by three consecutive poor rainy seasons. Crop and livestock production have been severely affected and hunger levels have reached nearly 3.5 million Kenyans.

Many children in these regions are being forced to drop out of school to engage in labour or survival activities to support their families. Girls walk long distances to help their mothers fetch water or sell firewood and charcoal.

Boys produce the charcoal with their fathers or leave and migrate to other areas, seeking pasture for livestock and often leaving women and girls behind. Cases of young girls being forced to marry have been reported in those counties

The situation is particularly concerning for the approximately 750,000 people who face emergency food insecurity . Many people do not know where their next meal will come from and without immediate support their lives are in danger.

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