Tom Arnold: No rain in three years and 'hunger season' on way . . . we must act now
THERE'S an audible crunch and a kick-up spray of dust as our vehicle crosses the dry, cracked earth near the village of Kargi, northern Kenya. The perfect tyre marks we leave behind are yet another indication of how drought is devastating this part of the world.
Northern Kenya is a fragile environment at the best of times, and these are very far from the best of times.
Most people here are animal herders who move from place to place to find water for their herds. Cattle are a measure of a family's wealth; not just a livelihood, but a way of life, one that is now facing a massive threat.