It's been more than two years since the rains didn't fall in southeastern Ethiopia. The land dried up across the entire Horn of Africa region — the worst drought in 60 years. More than 12 million people were plunged into a desperate hunger crisis that still grinds on.
But today there are some signs of recovery. Pastures, previously cracked and barren, are slowly sprouting new growth. Animals can graze and grow stronger, can again support the families who rely on them for milk and food — for life.
We have been working in rural Ethiopia to make sure farmers and herding families have the resources they need to build back stronger — heal their livestock, replenish their food stores, and earn more from the market — so they can cope better with conditions in this drought-prone area.
Photographer Joni Kabana spent a day with one of them — feisty Fatumo Ahmed, who relies on her camels to support her family.
Listen to Fatumo and her fellow milk producers singing at Mercy Corps’ local collection center: