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Eye Witness Account

Our colleague Gemma Murray, visited Kenya recently, where a severe drought is causing widespread food shortages.

I was born in the mid-eighties, too young to remember the horrific headlines of the famine in Ethiopia. But unfortunately, similar headlines have made an unwelcome return to the world’s media. Earlier this year, I witnessed first-hand evidence of another food crisis in East Africa.

In July, I travelled to Kenya to visit projects funded by Christian Aid. We travelled across five counties; Narok, Nairobi, Machakos, Makueni and Kitui, where we witnessed evidence of the food crisis and the effects of crippling climate change.

Where there should be flowing rivers, there are dried riverbeds. At Kaiti river in Makueni, we stood in awe in the middle of the vast dried up riverbed and watched young children digging large holes for water, some six-foot deep.

Where there should be fields of crops, there are none. One farmer in Kitui County told us it hasn’t rained in the region for three years.

Climate change is not a distant, future threat. Its effects are happening today and it’s happening to those who do the least to contribute to it.