Awi Lorumu

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Awi Lorumu doesn’t know her age and is the sixth and last wife, expecting her first baby. The other wives have 18 children among them. Before the drought they ate three times a day. They would drink milk in the morning, and for lunch and dinner they would have ugali and milk. They also used to plant sorghum. Now the animals have died and they are only eating wild fruit which Awi walks a half day into the forest to find. Awi is worried about her baby and doesn’t know how far along her pregnancy is, but the baby is moving. Her mother-in-law will help her give birth and she has been to the health clinic. She says she wants 10 children who will grow and surround her and support her, become her community. The food ration was appreciated but only lasted one day because of her large family, including some children who are malnourished. Awi asks us to provide more food.