Natede and Nakorae Lomoto

Natede and Nakorae Lomoto

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Natede Lomoto and her daughter Nakorae Lomoto walked three hours to get to the distribution centre. She has six other children and with the other wives there are 25 in total in the family. None of the children go to school. Nakorae has the impression that people who go to school end up leaving their families. She thinks school is only for the daughters of the chiefs. Before the drought, they farmed and sold cattle. They could earn 3,500 South Sudanese pounds for a cow. Many of their goats, sheep and cattle have now died, but her sons have been at the cattle camp for months. They live on wild fruits they find, and the food from ADRA. Without it, says Natede, they would die.