Hungry in the dark of drought

NAIROBI – Crops have shrivelled, hundreds of cattle are dead and the World Food Programme says 3.8 million Kenyans need emergency food aid because of a prolonged drought, which is even causing electrical blackouts in the capital because there’s not enough water for hydroelectric plants.

With rivers thinning to a trickle and mountain glaciers shrinking, authorities this month began rationing power in the capital, darkening homes and businesses at least three days a week.


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