Wednesday, December 8, 2021

‘If they die, we all die’: drought hits Kenya

The withered carcasses of animals are a reminder that drought has struck again in northern Kenya, the latest in a series of climate shocks rippling through the Horn of Africa.

When world leaders address a global climate summit in Glasgow, shepherds watch their beloved animals suffer from a lack of water and food. Yusuf Abdullahi says he has lost 40 goats.

“If they die, we all die,” he says.

Kenya’s government has declared a national disaster in 10 of its 47 counties. The United Nations says that more than two million people are seriously food insecure. And as people move in search of food and water, observers warn that tensions between communities could intensify.

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Mohammed Sharmarke, president of Subuli Wildlife Conservation, says that wildlife has also started dying.

“The heat on the ground tells you it’s a sign of starvation we’re facing,” he says.

FILE – Shepherd children taking care of their family’s camels cool down and fill plastic containers with water in the desert near Durtu, Wazir County, Kenya, October 24, 2021.

Experts warn that such climate shocks will become more common across Africa, which contributes the least to global warming but will suffer the most.

“We don’t have an extra planet in which to take refuge after we succeed in destroying it,” said Workneh Gebehu, executive director of East Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development, opening a regional early warning climate center last month. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed.

“Africa, while currently accounting for a negligible amount of total global greenhouse gas emissions, is at significant risk from climate change,” he said at the center’s opening. The continent is responsible for just 4% of global emissions.

Kenyatta was among African leaders to speak at the global climate summit as he urged greater attention and billions of dollars in financial aid for the African continent.

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