Looking for food
Asha Hussein is a mother of four children, aged between four and ten years. She is 35 years old. She has spent the last eight months living in the outskirts of Mogadishu. She used to live in Kontuwarey in the Lower Shabelle Region as an agro-pastoralist, cultivating a one-hectare farm as well as keeping domestic animals. But the drought took away all her animals, 15 cows and 20 goats. They all died from starvation. Her crops dried up and died. Water became scarce. Boreholes and wells dried up. All her survival options dwindled. She is no longer with her husband, and she could not stay in the village any longer.
In Mogadishu, she lives in a tent house and survives on a cash program that enables her to afford basic necessities from the local market. In Mogadishu, spaghetti is a common food. Somalis have a common past with the old Italian colonial administration. Asha's children enjoy spaghetti. She spends most of her food budget on spaghetti and meat products. Photo: NRC/Nashon Tado