Wajir county residents count losses as livestock continue to die of hunger

  • Residents who rely heavily on livestock found carcasses of these animals scattered along the side of the road, leaving their families distraught.
  • One of the residents of Lagbogol, Mohamed Adan, stated that the residents are all shocked by the death of all the animals, and that if the situation does not improve, the residents may be next.

Residents of Lagbogol village in Wajir County continue to count their losses after losing livestock that they rely on for survival.

Residents who rely heavily on livestock farming discovered carcasses strewn along the side of the road, leaving their families distraught.

One of the residents of Lagbogol, Mohamed Adan, says that the residents were all shocked by the death of all the animals, and that if the situation does not change, the residents could be next.

"Hapa kuna shida ya ukame sana, ngombe wameisha mbuzi na sasa ngamia pia wameanza kufariki tunahofia binadamu pia hali ikisalia hivi"

Another local, Hassan Billow Omar, says that the price of goats has dropped at the market, causing businesses to lose money.

"Mbuzi yenyewe bei yake iko chini sana zimekonda na huwezi kupeleka soko,wale waliokuwa wakinunua pia sikuhizi wamewacha hiyo biashara"

More than two million Kenyans have been affected by the drought since President Uhuru declared it a national disaster.

Businesses have suffered losses in Wajir County, and pastoralists have been forced to relocate in search of food and water; however, most animals have died as a result of the scorching sun and lack of water.

"There are residents who are incapable of even lighting a fire to cook," says resident Abdi Ali Abdi.

Meanwhile, Mega Wholesalers employee Limmo Kiplimo claims that stocked items are nearing expiration due to a lack of buyers. 

“Bidhaa za duka zinaelekea kuwa expired kwasababu hakuna wanunuzi,so adverse ya drought imecut across all stakeholders."

Mega Wholesalers and other interested parties, on the other hand, have joined forces to launch a program that will feed up to 2,600 hungry families.

"We have decided to give back to the community and do the much we can,this will atleast sustain them in the next few days." Ali ibrahim adan

Limmo kiplimo from Mega Wholesalers also added that residents of Lagbogol will get food relief in a weeks’ time.

"Tunatarajia wakaazi wa eneo hili la lagbogol hawatalala njaa kwa wiki moja ijayo"

Residents of West and South Wajir, who were also affected by the drought, are also expected to gain from the relief food.

"Tunashukuru kwa kuletewa chakula wakati huu mgumu." Mohamed adan, resident of Lagbogol said.

"Hii chakula itatusaidia sana,hata kama ni kupush kwa siku mbili au tatu" Hussein billow omar, Lagbogol resident added.

As residents in the northeastern region count loses incurred from the drought season, the residents are calling upon the government to put more resources into distributing water to the affected areas.