Heart breaking photos as Kenya drought bites

The food situation in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid areas is bleak. Families in Kenya are facing severe food shortage and livestock deaths due to extreme vegetation deficit. As at February 2017, the percentage of children at risk due to malnutrition increased to 20.1%.

The drought which was declared a national disaster in Kenya has been termed as the  the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945.

In Lamu and Tana-River Counties, where World Concern operates, the situation has been further complicated by human-wildlife due to scarcity of water and vegetation.

Buffalo carcass at Lake Kenyatta | PHOTO Joseph Muigai
One of the many hippo carcasses at the now drying-up Lake Kenyatta | PHOTO Joseph Muigai
Birds feeding on a hippo carcass at the lake | PHOTO Joseph Muigai

Being the only fresh water lake in Mpeketoni, Lake Kenyatta plays an important role in both community livelihood and supporting the wildlife ecosytem. As the lake dries up, human-wildlife conflict is escalating in the area.

Livestock carcass at village 7, Bura | PHOTO Joseph Muigai
Dried Sabukia water dam in Tana-River County | PHOTO Joseph Muigai
Dried well at Hosingo village
Dried well at Sabukia village

 

 

 

 

Osman quenches his thirst at Butie village in Tana River | PHOTO Joseph Muigai
Amina fetches from a well at Butie village | PHOTO Joseph Muigai
Women walk from a Sabukia well situated 6 kilometers from their village | PHOTO Joseph Muigai

On a year that will be remembered as the worst in a generation unless we intervene now, World Concern is responding.

Reach out to harunr@worldconcern.org to support.