Pastoralists struggling to cope with climate change

Ms Yasmina Ahmed heads home after fetching water. She says she cannot more to an urban area because she cannot adjust to the life there. PHOTO| PAUL LETIWA

What you need to know:

  • Climate experts acknowledge that there is unlikely to be a return to the old pastoralist­­­­­­ way of life in the near future – if ever.
  • Besides, there are real fears about what will happen when the food aid inevitably stops. 
  • However, most people maintain that the land in this semi-arid region can only support a pastoralist life.
  • Ahmed Ibrahim, 70, stares into the pit of animal carcasses by the road. “I can live only with livestock,” he says. “Life is possible only with my livestock.

The stench from the pit is still strong, with bleached carcasses and bones bearing gruesome witness to the recent catastrophic drought. This is where the last of Mr Bulleh Abdullahi’s once thriving herds were dumped.

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