Lokale Logie


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Lokale Logie thinks she might be 13. Both her parents are old and blind. She is one of eight children and the only one in her family who was farming. She used to farm sorghum and they ate posho and drank milk. Lokale will receive enough food aid for three people, which she will share with two other homesteads, and the ration will last two to three days. When the food is there, they eat two to three times a day. When it’s run out, they might go all day without food, sometimes days on end. When that happens, Lokale says she is weak and cannot move, and feels sick because of the hunger. Lokale walks two hours each day to a borehole to fill a jerry can with water, then makes the return trip home.