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Africa

Failed gamble of Somali-Ethiopian pastoralists

A six-month odyssey to find rain and pastures has proved a failure for desperate Somali-Ethiopian pastoralists, with devastating consequences for their livestock and way of life.

A pastoralist’s pain

“It’s stressful, I’m still trying to accept it,” says 40-year-old Mohammed Noor. Like many Somali-Ethiopian pastoralists from Ethiopia’s Somali region, he travelled hundreds of kilometres to Somaliland’s coast following after hearing rumours of rain and fresh pastures there. But there wasn’t enough for all the new arrivals. Now only 30 of Mohammed’s original 100 goats are left. One camel died, two survived.