Iko Nanyango

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Iko Nanyango is the first of three wives married to a pastoralist. There are 10 children (five are hers) and she’s not sure how many goats and cows. But the drought has taken its toll on the livestock’s health too and there is no meat or milk to be had. Before the drought they ate three times a day. Now they eat wild berries at lunch and go to bed hungry, often feeling dizzy and weak. She is wary that when the berries run out, they will be hungry again. Iko walked three days to get to the food distribution site. The food lasted one day because she shared it with the other wives. She hopes her children may one day go to school but the school is very far away. She hopes to have more children, to increase the chances that some of them will be educated, and to have more help with the farming and other chores.