Lochebei Lokorio

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Lochebei Lokorio was widowed last year when her husband was shot in a tribal dispute. She has three sons and two daughters ranging in age from three to 13, with one more due to be born any day now. Her brother-in-law is helping take care of the family now. Before the drought, Lochebei and her family were comfortable. They had enough to eat, they farmed cattle and grew sorghum and sold charcoal in the market. She wants her children to go school so they can learn and help support the family. But they don’t want to go. Instead they sometimes hunt rats, they help her fetch water and harvest wild vegetables. Now they only eat once a day but she has been getting pre-natal care at the health centre is expecting to have enough milk for her baby. She will deliver the baby at home with help from her female relatives. The food from ADRA may last 10 days.