GARISSA, Kenya, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Along a dusty road between the northern Kenyan town of Garissa and the village of Kasha, the carcasses of dozens of cows and goats lie rotting in the heat.
The ground is bare and trees are losing their leaves due to a drought that has persisted for months. There is no pasture for livestock and the foliage they have been eating is becoming scarce.
Some 2.7 million people across half of Kenya’s 47 counties have been affected by the drought, which the government recently declared a national disaster.
Kasha village lies 7 km (4.3 miles) north of the Tana River, which provides drinking water for the community’s livestock. Every morning, Hussein Ali’s remaining eight cattle and 15 goats head to the river bank where they graze on plants and leaves.