“Listen, we are dying. And Kenya is just thinking about elections. But we are dying,” sing the women of Songot village.
They dance in the dazzling heat, holding the skins of animals high, including a dead donkey. “This is the first time we have sung this song,” says Selina Naperit, representing the community relief committee. “We are facing danger. We are facing the danger of death.”
She points to the hills that that lead to Uganda. “People over the hill are waiting to die. They have lost hope. People moved there looking for grass. They have not come back.”
She pauses. “We used to believe God brought rain. Now God has taken so long.”
The families are part of a World Vision-supported Food for Assets project. There are 42 such sites across Turkana, benefitting 6,666 households and 40,000 people. The project gathers people together to farm. World Vision has supplied a water tank and trough for animals.
“We have prepared the land because we believe that one day it will rain. Then we will grow crops. When it rains, we will compose songs of thanksgiving.
Photo© 2017 World Vision, Jon Warren
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