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In pictures: Kenyans share their dinner to save livestock

  • 19 February 2017
  • From the section Africa
Goat feed

Kenyan farmers have started feeding their own meals to their livestock to save them from a drought which has affected as much as half the country.

Animal corpses in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption In one of the worst affected areas, Marsabit in the north of the country, animal carcasses are littering countryside that used to be pastures.
Goats running across mud on watering hole which used to serve 500 homes - in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption "If you get tea or porridge, you share with your livestock or else they will die. What are we to do now? We will die together," one herder told the BBC
Cows in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption Cows that used to sell for $500 (£400) each now sell for $100 because they are so thin.
Goat in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption The government promised to buy the animals to mitigate the losses but herders told the BBC they have not received such an offer.
Watering hole in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption As water dries up, the few watering holes left in Marsabit are getting busy.
Woman leading donkey in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption People are walking as long as 10km (6.2 miles) each way to get water.
Women with donkeys in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the drought a national emergency and has appealed for international aid.
People walking to tree in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption Kenya's Red Cross says 2.7 million people face starvation if more help is not provided.
Women in Marsabit, Kenya
Image caption "If it doesn't rain, this will be a catastrophe. We might lose lives, not animal lives this time, but humans," the head of the county's drought management authority, Guyo Gulicha, said.

Gallery by BBC Africa's Anthony Irungu

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