”People might kill some, put the drought will kill us all.”

The drought in Northern Kenya is driving communities into conflicts with each other. When pasture lands and waterholes dry up, herders must cross to each others’ territories to feed their stock. This leads to violent confrontations.

When livestock has to be moved far away from villages in order to feed them, the people staying in the village are left without their main source of food, milk. Especially women and children are suffering from this.

Peace work between communities has been crucial to solve violent confrontations. Women have taken a big role in peace negotiations and environmental issues. 

It is possible for communities to survive even in these changing circumstances if they find a way to share resources and cultivate their land in a more sustainable way.

This reportage was made in co-operation with Finnish Church Aid and it was published in Voima magazine.

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