Marsabit, 13 July, 2022 / 9:28 pm (ACI Africa).
Pastoralists in the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit in Kenya have been left with “absolutely nothing” as starvation in the Kenyan region intensifies due to severe drought, the Executive Director of Caritas Marsabit (CM) has told ACI Africa in an interview.
In the Wednesday, July 13 interview, Isacko Jirma Molu said the drought situation in the region has gone from bad to worse as some areas “have not had rain for almost two years” and that as a result, “livestock died in large numbers, leaving pastoralists with absolutely nothing.”
Mr. Molu said, “Pastoralist communities derive their entire livelihood from livestock keeping; this livestock provide milk, provide meat, and this livestock depends on the rainfall. The drought has significantly reduced the livestock population in the county."
“Majority of the pastoralists practice nomadic pastoralism where people migrate with their livestock to find water and pasture. But the challenge now is that we have not had rain for the last four consecutive rainy seasons,” the Caritas official added.
He told ACI Africa that the situation in the Kenyan Catholic Diocese that covers Marsabit County has destroyed livelihoods.