Lolemio Lobatou

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Lolemio Lobatou is elderly, but does not know his age. He is blind and has always lived in the same village. He says he has five or six wives, two of whom have died. He has 18 children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A pastoralist, Lolemio at one time had about 100 heads of sheep, goats and cattle, but over the past three years, the drought has claimed them all. Before the drought they ate wild vegetables and his livestock, and ate three times a day. Now they are living on wild berries and wild leaves and the food from ADRA, which is not a lot but it helps, he says. His wife Anna has eight children including a baby, who Anna cannot produce enough milk to feed. Before the drought, milk from the animals would supplement her breast milk.