epa01860367 Turkana women gather water from a 10 meter hand dug sand well in a dry river bed on the outskirts of the village of Gakong, in northern Kenya on 10 September 2009. A devastating drought is sweeping across Kenya killing children, livestock, wild animals and crops. The arid lands of north-west Kenya, home to the Turkana an ancient pastoralist tribe renowned for its personal adornments using anything from beads to branding, has been one of the hardest hit. In some villages it has not rained in years. Mighty rivers that had never run dry in living memory and have always been oasis' in hard times are now barren sandy trenches for the second or even third time this decade. Woman can be seen hand digging wells up to 10 meters deep in the sandy banks in search of water for home and the animals (images 4, 5 and 17). Dwindling pasture and water resources are ca | Location: GAKONG, Kenya.
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