IT is a dare situation worse than our TV stations portrays it. As of an external perception, it’s laid back to overhear about famine in the Turkana County, while it’s a creeping disaster that this people are in.
Loturerei village is parched as a jawbone. The scenery changes melodramatically as we drive away from Lowdar town, there is no living thing as far as our eyes could see, this is evident by the dry and mad River Turkwel. Cactus thorny trees is all that was life, as we passed children on the roads with bottles borrowing water from people who passed there you couldn’t help but cry, Animals are not an expectation either they struggled to eat the thorny scrubs.
To many here food and water seems luxury, many people didn’t eat anything that morning as evidence by the dry and sad faces. As if that is not enough many don’t even know what they will eat that night or if they will see tomorrow. I believe there is abundant food accessible to feed the whole country. Some areas have foods rooting in stores as because they may be lack adequate means to transport the food to the market. When I see, people wasting food the picture of those starving in Turkana flashes on my mind. The delinquent is that starving individuals are imprisoned in unadorned poverty. They have no money to purchase food and since they have now and again been undernourished they lack the money to buy enough food to nourish themselves. Being continuously undernourished, they get weaker and prone to diseases. With this they cannot even work if any job is available and hence becoming more poor each day.
Death to them has become normal that day we saw people coming from a burial and as they talked it seemed they had to have attended couple of them, but what do we say in area where basic needs have become a luxury and not guaranteed?
Education is at stand still school have been abandoned just because there is no water. Women group muddy houses have turned to school but again how many people can fit there? The few foods we collected was seen as a gold mine they prayed for us that we may get bore than we offered. As the all village came under a big tree that we had gathered with the elders they sat down and listened to what we as visitors had in store for them. They raised hands to speak this is unlike many civilized people who have no order during meetings. It was sad to hear them narrate problems that we could see. Unlike those people with plenty of wealth that are greed and will fight to have a big share of anything this people sat and waited for their time to receive the small gift of food we had to offer. So many things could have been done to improve life’s here, from infrastructure developments to teaching women who sit in the village some hands-on skills to add economic value and get money,
All in all, boreholes drilling and constructing water reservoirs in various villages in the county. This would ensure consistence in all activities and much more as water is life;
Lesson learnt is to appreciate the little we have as someone else would give there entire life to have what you don’t value.