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Death and drought

Kenya, September 22, 2011

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Muna Ahmed/Mercy Corps
Photo Credit: Muna Ahmed/Mercy Corps

Today the Mercy Corps Emergency Response Team headed to El-Adow in northeast Kenya, to begin our work to give cash grants to those hardest hit by the drought. As we approached the small town, the carcasses of dead livestock lay scattered all across the dust, as far as the horizon. The evidence that El-Adow is one of the communities which has lost the most animals as a result of the drought was plain to see.

We talked to one of the community elders about the carcasses; all he could do was nod his head and point at the nearest pile of dead animals. His people were entirely reliant on their livestock for food and income. Without them, there’s little they can do to survive, and all they are left with are bones and dust.