December 6, 2011 by Jane Yang
|The Logiels, like many families in remote Turkana, Kenya, have been suffering through the worst drought to hit East Africa in six decades. Photo: Jane Yang/IRC|
After driving for 40 minutes across hot, arid land with some of my International Rescue Committee colleagues, I arrived at the Makatano Health Center, an unassuming three-room building filled with colorfully dressed mothers holding their swaddled babies.
Ekitela, 38, rises to greet me as his wife, Nanyuduk, 28, breast feeds their seven-month-old daughter Muse. Next to her, the Logiel’s eldest daughter, Asekon, 10, keeps her arm protectively around the middle child, Lokor. I guessed Lokor to be around 18 months old. In fact, she is three years old.
“The drought has really affected us,” Ekitela confided. “We used to have a few goats but they died.” He told me the family had relied on the goats for food and milk but now were struggling to feed their girls with the scant money they made by selling firewood. Dramatically rising food costs meant the family could only afford to share a pot of flour porridge at most meals. “It was not enough,” he said.
is well enough to walk and play again. (Photo: Jane Yang/IRC)