Drought shatters Turkana's dreams of a better future 

A Turkana woman waits with her children to get food rations near Lokitaung on March 21, 2017. A biting drought has ravaged the livestock population in the county. PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Kenya is the region's biggest economy and a stable if faulty democracy, but Turkana feels like another country.
  • An ambitious plan for roads, railways and oil pipelines crossing northern Kenya was launched with great fanfare in 2012, but has been slow coming.
  • Observers say education must be listed among the region's many priorities as it holds the key to diversifying the economy.

In just a few years water, oil and money would flow. Roads, schools and hospitals would follow. Turkana's generations of poverty and neglect in Kenya's arid north would end.

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