Lamu County Life

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We visited in the middle of a terrible drought.

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Every day we checked the skies for slivers of white cloud, but there was none.

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Dusty billows spat from the wheels of our vehicle.

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A yellow-brown coating covered the green bush on either side of the roads.

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We hoped for rain; they were anxiously desperate for it.

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Crops were withering on their stalks; months, years of preparation wasted, and potential starvation facing every family.

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The Somali herders walked hundreds of miles with their herds, anxiously searching green bits to feed their charges.

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Hope seems far away.

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But as they’ve done for centuries, the people survive.

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They survive, make do.

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A dry and weary land in need of water.

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