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The last few months have been very hard on the Maasai. It’s nearly a year without rain. Many people lost lots of cows to the ongoing drought. Most villages are empty because the cattle moved hundreds of miles away in search for better pasture and water.

A significant number of Maasai nomads from Kenya moved their herds of cattle to the Serengeti plains and Simanjiro area in Tanzania. The Maasai from Merrueshi, Mbiirikani, Poka, Ngama and Kenyawa moved eastward direction to Kibwezi, Tsavo West, Voi, and into Mombasa region. These places are hundreds of miles away from home.

The current drought is a big surprise to all Maasai. For generations droughts never happened during the months of January, February, March and April. Maasai elders, who are traditionally in tuned with regional climate and environment, are puzzled by this rapidly changing climate. Droughts are happening so often and lasting longer than usual.

According to a Maasai elder “it is uncertain whether the pastoral way of life can continue when looking at the current climate. The Maasai might have to find an alternative lifestyle different from cattle herding.” Yet it is unclear what that alternative lifestyle will look like for people whose livelihood dependent on cattle herding for centuries.

Traditionally, cattle are the backbone of the Maasai economy. Healthy cattle are sold for food, clothing, and school fees for children. When the cattle are weak Maasai income goes down. Weak cattle imposed social and economic stress to every Maasai family.

For the last three months, for example, many school children stayed at home due to lack of school fees and food. Nearly all schools in Maasai land suspended the lunch program because of the drought. The situation makes it difficult for children to attend school on regular basis. In addition, several schools had to close early for spring break due to the drought. Meanwhile Maasai land remains dry, dusty, and extremely hot. The Maasai are uncertain for when the rains will return. Click to see a few pictures from the drought experience in Maasai land


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Click to see a few pictures from the drought experience in Maasai land