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‘Halima Bare’ (40) in Elado village, Wajir District. (Woman inside hut with baby in arms)..Halima walked 50km with her seven childrento get to Elado after the drought killed of 35 or her 40 livestock. The five remaining cows are too weak to stand. Her husband is off in search of new pasture and she has not seen him for one month.
“I don’t have enough for these children sometimes we have some relief from different donors otherwise we can’t get cash to purchase basic food items so mostly I rely on relief food. Our journey was slow, we moved a small distance each day. With the small children on a donkey and the elder children walked. Where we came from, water was the biggest problem but here I can take a bath and wash our clothes. There is at least a water source here. My children used to be dependent on those animals. We used to sell them and buy them some clothes, buy them some rations. Now we are trying to find an alternative. When I was 18, 19, 20 there was plenty of milk, plenty of meat, now things have changed and a very big change for our lifestyle. Now we rely on a very small amount of powdered milk we buy from the kiosks. We have one meal a day – lunch. My children were used to milk and were brought up on that but with the changing environment we are changing the food we eat. They have had some diarrhoea for some time. I share with my children, the mother takes the remnants. The children are learning how hard it is. …CHILDREN: Barwako Siraji (2) Pictured Abdiker Siraji (3) Fatuma Siraji (5)Sahara Siraji (10) Abdirahman Siraji (7)Deka Siraji (8)Mohamed Siraji (9).

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