Flight to the future: One land's quest to defuse climate 'timebomb'

Maryam Jama and her son are pictured in the village of Magab, near Berbera, in Somaliland on July 4, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Claudio Accheri

The self-declared republic of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa is one of the most vulnerable places to climate change and is struggling to adapt for the future

When Hawo Mohamed woke one morning to find about a dozen of her goats dead, she knew her life as a herder was coming to an end.

Raised in a remote village in coastal Somaliland, in northeast Africa, Mohamed remembers taking her family's goats to feed on green pasture flanked by a sprinkling of trees.

But in time the trees began to die, she said, and then, about eight years ago, seasonal rains grew much more erratic, seemingly worsening each year.

Little by little, her animals, starved of enough forage and water, grew weaker too.

"One day I went to collect the animals as usual and brought them home but the next morning 10 to 12 of them were dead," Mohamed recalled, sitting in the sand nursing her newborn son outside a corrugated iron shelter in the coastal city of Berbera.  Read more here...

Related News

Sign up for our weekly newsletter