Mako Ogli's story
April 7, 2017. Ferdigab, Somaliland.
Mako Ogli, 23 years old, walks the two animals she has left of the 150 herd she had two years ago. With her son Mohamed, 2 years old, she spends the day on the look for grass and water for the weak animals and cutting tree branches to feed them. Before the drought, she used to live in Ferdigab, but when the water got scarce, she moved with all her things and her two children, walking for a whole day and night to Wereg's village. The drought followed her there, and she lost most of her livestock.
“We had no other choice than to come back here. It is the only place I know with some water left” she says.
Four months ago, when she returned to Ferdigab, she received unconditional money transfers from the Norwegian refugee council (NRC). Three times she benefited from 150 USD to buy food and clothes. It is the only humanitarian help she received since the beginning of the drought. Now, as her children are getting sick, feeling cold and coughing, the money allows her to buy them pain killers.
Somalia is experiencing its worst drought in 20 years, following two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall. People are dying of malnutrition. In the worst affected areas, we have seen crops wiped out, livestock killed, and families forced to sell their belongings for food.
Photo credit: Norwegian Refugee Council / Adrienne Surprenant
Date: April 2017
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