Somalia: Livestock treatment sets herders on recovery path

The effects of a prolonged drought has robbed pastoralists in Somalia of their most prized possession – livestock. The dry conditions have caused hunger and disease, wiping out camels, goats and sheep in large numbers. Those that survive are visibly frail, producing little meat or milk and fetching paltry sums when traded in the market. Fortunately, the completion of a nation-wide livestock treatment campaign and the prospects of year-end rains have set herders on the recovery path. More than one million animals have been treated in the campaign that was concluded in November, protecting the livelihoods of more than 20,000 pastoralist families who rely on livestock for survival. These photos show the treatment campaign by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the northern Puntland region.