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A child quenching his thirst in drought-ravaged Turkana County.

Rift Valley
The prolonged drought in Turkana and Baringo counties has aggravated the food shortage crisis with reports indicating four people have died so far.

The prolonged drought in Turkana and Baringo counties has aggravated the food shortage crisis with reports indicating four people have died so far.

Women prepare wild fruits locally known as sorich at Tokole , Tiaty in Baringo County. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]
The region has perennially faced food crises over the years even as the Government t downplays the gravity of the situation.Deputy President William Ruto has also denied that anyone has died of hunger in the affected areas. 

If only she can have a drop of water. (Kipsang Joseph, Standard)

A chief was summoned by his bosses for revealing the extent of hunger in his area.

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Some leaders say they were not aware of the situation in these two counties that for many years have been hit with drought.

“There is hunger, but I am not aware of the reported deaths. We have been working on the issue since January,” Baringo County Commissioner Henry Wafula said.

Women wait for relief food at Chemolingot in Tiaty, Baringo county on March 17, 2019. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]
Chebitok Ngoriamedo cooks wild fruits at Tokole area in Tiaty, Baringo County. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]
Livestock has not been spared by the drought that has hit the region.

Drought Food Crisis Turkana Baringo

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