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[PHOTOS] Livestock sold at throw-away price as drought ravages parts of Kajiado

The water pan used to irrigate crops in the Lenkishon area has dried up.

In Summary

• Residents in the county dispose of their livestock to buy food and other necessities.

• Red Cross has said the nation is in an emergency state since most people are relying on relief food.

A man loads sheep into a lorry as many headers are forced to sell their animals at throw away prices due to biting drought at Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
A man loads sheep into a lorry as many headers are forced to sell their animals at throw away prices due to biting drought at Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Livestock owners in Kajiado have been forced to sell their livestock at a throwaway price as drought ravages the county.

Men are seen trying to lift emancipated cows to drag them to the market.

Maasai men attempt to lift a weak cow as they wait for a buyer at a cattle market in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022. Herders are forced to sell their emancipated cattle at throw away prices as drought continues to bite.
Maasai men attempt to lift a weak cow as they wait for a buyer at a cattle market in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022. Herders are forced to sell their emancipated cattle at throw away prices as drought continues to bite.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

The owners have lost their livestock as carcasses are seen in the field.

The water pan used to irrigate crops in the Lenkishon area has dried up.

Residents in the county dispose of their livestock to buy food and other necessities.

Osenya Olemeeli, who has lost his 11 cattle to ongoing drought goes past carcasses of cows, near a cattle market in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Osenya Olemeeli, who has lost his 11 cattle to ongoing drought goes past carcasses of cows, near a cattle market in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Red Cross has said the nation is in an emergency state since most people are relying on relief food.

Apart from Kajiado other counties affected by drought include Garissa, Isiolo, Kitui, Mandera, Marsabit, Laikipia, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir which are said to be in the Alarm drought phase.

A Maasai man herds his cattle past a cow carcass near a cattle market in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
A Maasai man herds his cattle past a cow carcass near a cattle market in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Embu, Kilifi, Kwale, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi and Taita Taveta are in the Alert drought phase while the remaining three counties: Baringo, West Pokot and Lamu are in the Normal drought phase.

Osenya Olemeeli, who has lost his 11 cattle to ongoing drought goes past carcasses of cows, near a cattle market in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Osenya Olemeeli, who has lost his 11 cattle to ongoing drought goes past carcasses of cows, near a cattle market in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
A man loads sheep into a lorry as many headers are forced to sell their animals at throw away prices due to biting drought at Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
A man loads sheep into a lorry as many headers are forced to sell their animals at throw away prices due to biting drought at Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
A cow stands next to a sheep carcass that died due to ongoing drought at Olepolos village, Kajiado Central on October 31, 2022.
A cow stands next to a sheep carcass that died due to ongoing drought at Olepolos village, Kajiado Central on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
A weak cow is offloaded from a pickup at a slaughter house, where emancipated cattle are being sold at throw away prices as drought continues to bite in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
A weak cow is offloaded from a pickup at a slaughter house, where emancipated cattle are being sold at throw away prices as drought continues to bite in Bisil, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
A woman reacts to odour of decaying cow carcasses that died due to ongoing drought in Bisil area, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
A woman reacts to odour of decaying cow carcasses that died due to ongoing drought in Bisil area, Kajiado on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
A water pipe that was used to pump irrigation water is seen at a dried up water pan in Lenkishon area, Kajiado Central on October 31, 2022.
A water pipe that was used to pump irrigation water is seen at a dried up water pan in Lenkishon area, Kajiado Central on October 31, 2022.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
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