Villagers in Turkana, Kenya scramble to fill jugs of water from a 25,000 liter water truck that comes two times per week. Each family has a ration of 20 liters of water, but ideally they should have 100. The water truck is a temporary intervention while the a water pipeline is being built to bring water to Lopii.
When the water truck doesn't come to Lopii, women have to walk 13km to get what their family needs for the day. Because that takes so long, sometimes they have to sleep at the water site, or risk being attacked by cattle rustlers or wild animals on the walk home.
“When I leave the children here, even those who go to school, they come back because they are thirsty. They will not concentrate on their learning because they are thirsty." - Nakirdio, mother of six. She shares her husband with two other wives.
Monica has already lost two children. She worries about how she will provide for the remaining five in the midst of Kenya's harshest drought in more than 60 years. “I feel so bad — I am worried,” she says. “I think, ‘Will they die? What will happen?’” Monica was married too young to a man who is 40 years older than her, a common practice in rural Turkana.
Emuria, 39, at a food distribution with three of her five children in Turkana, Kenya. Emuria's husband was shot in a cattle raid a little more than two years ago, leaving her to provide for the children on her own. All of their camels, cows, and goats were stolen in the raid.
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