Pastoralists living in the remote arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya are marginalized by government and have less access to health, education, and agriculture services, because these people are considered to contribute little to the economy, population density is low, and communities are remote.
The other factor characterizing these areas is drought of increasing frequency and severity. This contributes to destruction of crops and death of livestock, which results in widespread poverty and hunger.
Ethnic tension and violent clashes characterize the interface of tribal groups with a history of resource conflict and livestock raiding. Peace initiatives are sometimes secondary to exploitation of tension for political gain.
Those whom we support in Marsabit District are not only marginalized, subject to the effects of global warming, and live amidst conflict, but are the most vulnerable within these communities, ie. the widows and single mothers who have no livestock and the child mothers who have been ostracized due to out-of-wedlock pregnancy.