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Elderly couple left behind in Kenya
Tesso Yattani Abudo, 65, and her husband Abudo Hurri, 85, have no access to food. The elderly couple live in a village in northern Kenya which has been hit by the severe drought.
The rest of their family have migrated with their livestock to keep the cattle alive. Left behind, they are now caring for their grandchildren, including their grandson (pictured), but struggle to find enough to eat each day.
The couple are surviving on relief from the county government. But this help comes irregularly – and because of their age, they find it hard to chew the maize and beans they receive.
Photo credit: Dub Guyo, project manager, PACIDA.
Mary Aluat’s daughter Manut has had no food for two days and she does not stop crying. The four-year-old is highly malnourished and under developed for her age. The family have been struggling to find food for the last three months. They currently eat one meagre meal a day.
Mary’s husband is a fisherman. ‘For the last two weeks, he has been unsuccessful in his fishing,’ she said. The river is almost exhausted of fish.
Mary and her family come from northern Bar el Ghazal, north of South Sudan. The food situation in Bar el Ghazal is classified at an emergency level. This classification means that many households are going for long periods without food, resulting in acute malnutrition and deaths.