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West Bank Bedouins on the brink

A herder in the Jordan Valley

About 50,000 Bedouin live in the occupied West Bank. Three years of drought and a severe winter have made the struggle to find enough water and grazing harder than usual.

Villagers in al-Hadidiya, Jordan Valley

The communities are based in the Jordan Valley and the Bethlehem and Hebron districts, near the Dead Sea. These children live in the village of al-Hadidiya, which is facing one of its driest ever years.

Villager in al-Hadidiya

Ten-year-old Ahmed helps his father look after sheep in al-Hadidiya. Restrictions on movement imposed by the Israeli army mean herders have less and less access to grazing land for their livestock.

Herd of sheep in the Jordan Valley

Many herders have had to reduce the numbers of livestock they keep because they cannot find enough food and water for them. Increases in fodder prices have also contributed to the hardship.

Herder in the Hebron hills

Mohammed Yatta lives in the southern Hebron hills, where water supplies have run out earlier than normal this year. Rising prices mean he can no longer afford to buy the water or fodder that can be bussed in.

Sheep drinks from bucket

A sheep drinks water supplied by the ICRC, which has started an emergency distribution to the worst-affected areas. (All pictures: ICRC)

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