Rendille mothers

The Rendille people are renowned for their endurance and resourcefulness. But changing weather patterns in the districts they inhabit presents a serious challenge to their traditional way of life. As seasonal rains become less reliable, the livestock on which pastoralist depend are being impacted.

Above: Narikai Lereri with her daughter Ltundungu who is 16 months old. Narikai explained to my colleague how her father's herd of 150 cows has been reduced to just five. The increasing absence of men in the camps is also acutely felt - they're often gone for many months as they drive their dwindling herds ever further to find water.

Camel herds, common amongst pastoralists in northern Kenya, are also affected. The unexpected side effect of reduced camel numbers was an increase in scurvy, a disease caused by a deficiency in vitamin C. The sharp rise in cases initially confused development agencies working in the area. Research later found that milk from a camel is unusually rich in iron and vitamin C - an essential resource in an environment where fruit and vegetables are not readily available.

Above: Despite the hardship of a nomadic life in a drought-plagued land, Nkoror Galangan (28) still manages to look very regal. She is holding her son, Diboya, whose hands and feet have not properly formed. Nkoror's immediate neighbour, Nasere Galangan told us that food was scarce and milk had become like gold. Nasere's own child, Lemartin was struggling with his health since the loss of their animals to drought.

Marsabit district in Northern Kenya.