Drought Causing Mass Migration, Increased Violence in Kenya

ISIOLO, Kenya — For farmers in parched north-eastern Kenya, the search for water for their land and livestock grows more violent by the day. Worried pastoralists carry guns, in order to defend their access and their livelihood. As the drought continues, water becomes a defining issue — the cause of increased violence, significant population displacement, high school drop-out rates and severe food shortages, reports IRIN News.

Kenya’s food crisis already affects 10 million of its people. Experts believe that high food prices and a rampant viral disease wiping out livestock contribute to the region’s inability to cope with little water. The water that is available is unsafe and poses serious health risks, residents say.

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Source: IRIN News

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