Loburio Lopwon

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Loburio Lopwon doesn’t know how old she is and hesitates to say exactly how many people are in her family, because she is superstitious that revealing that information will cause someone to die. Before the drought, she and her husband farmed sorghum and raised enough to support 10 children and three grandchildren. They were happy. They ate in the morning and evening like most families, a traditional diet of milk, wild vegetables and ugali. But after the drought started last December, any crops they planted died. Now they are completely reliant on aid from ADRA, often sharing their package of food with others who aren’t registered to receive aid. Loburio’s family also makes and sells charcoal in the market.