Survival Rations


Five-year-old Nadimi leads her little brother Lukwadock from Kakalel Primary School to a community meeting area. Keeping close to his sister, Lukwadok clasps two dirty containers in his hands, each holding a small portion of local food—boiled beans and maize.

Nadimi’s family lives in Kalapata village in Turkana south sub-county in northern Kenya, where the current drought has deteriorated villagers’ livelihoods and resilience as food and clean water become more and more scarce. In fact, hunger and drought have been a part of these siblings’ entire lives. Turkana County is drought prone and experiences frequent, successive and prolonged drought and cattle rustling.

Nadimi’s father is in prison and her mentally ill mother is gone to take one of her other children to the hospital. Nadimi cares for Lukwadock while they are away. And she takes her job very seriously.

Under the tree, Lukwadock sits on the sister’s lap as he picks up part of the meal and eats it carefully. Nadimi holds him tight as she watches her young brother devour his meal until it is gone. She eats nothing. “Food for my younger brother to eat is more important,” she says.

The food came from the local primary school’s feeding program. Nadimi makes sure they are among the pupils who receive the school feeding meals. The siblings have to walk each and every day in search of food, and the best option is the school.

Photo©2017 World Vision, Zipporah Karani

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