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In pictures: Somali drought

Dry river bed (Photo: Christian Aid / Mike Goldwater / Getty Images)

Somalia is one of the countries worst affected by a drought which has hit the Horn of Africa, leaving some 11.5 million people in need of food aid.

Man in hospital in Somalia (Photo: Christian Aid / Mike Goldwater / Getty Images)

Ibrahim Abdi Obley used to be one of the richest nomads in his region, with 180 cattle. Just two are still alive, while he has been treated for severe malnutrition.

Family by the roadside, begging for water (Photo: Christian Aid / Mike Goldwater / Getty Images)

This family in western Somalia stand by the roadside, begging for water night and day. Their well has run dry and the nearest water is 12km away.

Camel grazing (Photo: Christian Aid / Mike Goldwater / Getty Images)

Many people in the region are nomads, reliant on their animals to survive. But even hardy camels are feeling the effects of the lack of rain...

A donkey-drawn cart with a barrel of water passes a dead donkey (Photo: Christian Aid / Mike Goldwater / Getty Images)

... Less resistant animals like donkeys are already dying, although some are still being used to transport scarce water.

(Photo: Christian Aid / Mike Goldwater / Getty Images)

Hared Mohamed Hussain left his family to seek help a month ago after all his animals died. He is now too sick to return and does not know whether his family is still alive.

Fadir Adan Mahad near her shelter (Photo: Christian Aid / Mike Goldwater / Getty Images)

After all her cattle died, Fadir Adan Mahad is selling firewood to buy food for herself and her three goats. Christian Aid warns there could be a catastrophe unless help arrives soon.




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