Climate change: Somalia’s pastoral living affected

The effects of climate change affect the world at different levels and certainly not equally.

In Somalia, recurring floods at the coastal region have greatly affected people negatively, displacing about 2.9 million.

Back-to-back droughts have also plagued pastoral living, causing a huge threat for sustainable traditional living.

Looking at the recent waves of locust infestations, things are becoming unbearable for pastoralists. Herders have seen the numbers of their cows, goats, and camels drop. The harsh conditions have pushed some herders to give up on their traditional lifestyle.  

“There are a lot of people who used to rear animals and live in the rural area. When they lost their animals, they just went to the town to live with relatives and family. They just moved and became displaced,” says Abdi Jamaa, 35, who lives in Tulo Qorax village, located 115km west of Galkacyo, Mudug Region.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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