Villagers under the tree
Afar in the north east of Ethiopia is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, with dust and searing heat and ever less water as climate change takes its toll. The community here relies on rearing and selling livestock to get money to buy food and other necessities. With decreasing rainfall there is less vegetation for the animals to eat and so more of them die leaving families already on the edge with even less. Adding to the heartbreak is a non-native tree that was introduced to the area and has now spread far and wide and while it does thrive in the desert conditions, it guzzles precious groundwater, is not good for the livestock and is pushing out more nutritious native species. So you may look and see all these trees and think things can’t be that bad in Afar – but you would be deceived.
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