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A Look at Life in Africa

A Look at Life in Africa
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An elderly man tries to pull out an emaciated calf that got stuck while drinking water from one of the few water pans left with water in the drought-stricken region of Kwangite, in Ganze, in Kilifi County, 07 October 2021. An estimated over 2 million Kenyans face starvation due to the ongoing drought that has affected majorly ten counties suffering from lack of water and harvest living thousands of animals died in the North, North East and Coast, some of the most affected regions are in the coastal region including Kilifi, Lamu and Tana River. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the drought as a “National Disaster” last month and ordered the immediate release of emergency relief food for the victims which the government started to distribute last week. Residents of the Ganze region in Kilifi which is one of the most affected regions by the drought, are forced to walk for more than six hours to fetch water from one of the 20% water pans remaining with water as 80% of the rest have dried up and they have also resulted to slaughtering and drying the meat from their animals that die due to hunger as a way of preserving some food for later use as they wait on the relief food. More than 400,000 people suffer from water shortage in the coastal region and more than 6,500 heard of cattle have died in Kilifi County and more than 4,000 in Tana River, according to Hassan Musa Director of Kenya Red Cross, Coast Region. (Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA/EFE)

An elderly man tries to pull out an emaciated calf that got stuck while drinking water from one of the few water pans left with water in the drought-stricken region of Kwangite, in Ganze, in Kilifi County, 07 October 2021. An estimated over 2 million Kenyans face starvation due to the ongoing drought that has affected majorly ten counties suffering from lack of water and harvest living thousands of animals died in the North, North East and Coast, some of the most affected regions are in the coastal region including Kilifi, Lamu and Tana River. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the drought as a “National Disaster” last month and ordered the immediate release of emergency relief food for the victims which the government started to distribute last week. Residents of the Ganze region in Kilifi which is one of the most affected regions by the drought, are forced to walk for more than six hours to fetch water from one of the 20% water pans remaining with water as 80% of the rest have dried up and they have also resulted to slaughtering and drying the meat from their animals that die due to hunger as a way of preserving some food for later use as they wait on the relief food. More than 400,000 people suffer from water shortage in the coastal region and more than 6,500 heard of cattle have died in Kilifi County and more than 4,000 in Tana River, according to Hassan Musa Director of Kenya Red Cross, Coast Region. (Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA/EFE)

A man dressed as the Kankurang walks along the river with his machetes during a Mandinka ritual in Serrekunda, Gambia, Saturday, September 25, 2021. The Kankurang rite was recognized in 2005 by UNESCO, which proclaimed it a cultural heritage. Despite his fearsome appearance, the Kankurang symbolizes the spirit that provides order and justice and is considered a protector against evil. He appears at ceremonies where circumcised boys are taught cultural practices, including discipline and respect. (Photo by Leo Correa/AP Photo)

A man dressed as the Kankurang walks along the river with his machetes during a Mandinka ritual in Serrekunda, Gambia, Saturday, September 25, 2021. The Kankurang rite was recognized in 2005 by UNESCO, which proclaimed it a cultural heritage. Despite his fearsome appearance, the Kankurang symbolizes the spirit that provides order and justice and is considered a protector against evil. He appears at ceremonies where circumcised boys are taught cultural practices, including discipline and respect. (Photo by Leo Correa/AP Photo)

A man dressed as the Kankurang dances during a Mandinka ritual in Bakau, Gambia, Saturday, October 2, 2021. (Photo by Leo Correa/AP Photo)

A man dressed as the Kankurang dances during a Mandinka ritual in Bakau, Gambia, Saturday, October 2, 2021. (Photo by Leo Correa/AP Photo)

A boy dressed up as a Kankurang play chases a child in Serrekunda, Gambia, Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo by Leo Correa/AP Photo)

A boy dressed up as a Kankurang play chases a child in Serrekunda, Gambia, Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo by Leo Correa/AP Photo)

Sudanese protesters take part in a rally demanding the dissolution of the transitional government, outside the presidential palace in Khartoum on October 16, 2021. The protests came as Sudan's political scene reels from divisions among factions steering the country through a rocky transition following the April 2019 ouster of veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir after mass protests against his rule. (Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP Photo)

Sudanese protesters take part in a rally demanding the dissolution of the transitional government, outside the presidential palace in Khartoum on October 16, 2021. The protests came as Sudan’s political scene reels from divisions among factions steering the country through a rocky transition following the April 2019 ouster of veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir after mass protests against his rule. (Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP Photo)

A worshipper arrives for a church service at the Cosmopolitan Affirming Community church, which serves a predominantly LGBTQ congregation, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Associate Pastor Caroline Omolo says some Kenyan religious leaders blame LGBTQ people for the coronavirus pandemic. “When we say we are still serving God, they don’t see something that’s possible,” she said. “They think it’s something unfamiliar and should be stopped”. (Photo by Brian Inganga/AP Photo)

A worshipper arrives for a church service at the Cosmopolitan Affirming Community church, which serves a predominantly LGBTQ congregation, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Associate Pastor Caroline Omolo says some Kenyan religious leaders blame LGBTQ people for the coronavirus pandemic. “When we say we are still serving God, they don’t see something that’s possible,” she said. “They think it’s something unfamiliar and should be stopped”. (Photo by Brian Inganga/AP Photo)

A protester is detained by police officers following a demonstration at Lekki Toll plaza in Lagos Nigeria Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Nigerian police officers fired tear gas at protesters in Lagos, the country's largest city, as they tried to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating against police brutality on Wednesday. One year ago, thousands marched in Nigeria for the #EndSARS movement to protest the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit accused of police brutality. (Photo by Sunday Alamba/AP Photo)

A protester is detained by police officers following a demonstration at Lekki Toll plaza in Lagos Nigeria Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Nigerian police officers fired tear gas at protesters in Lagos, the country’s largest city, as they tried to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating against police brutality on Wednesday. One year ago, thousands marched in Nigeria for the #EndSARS movement to protest the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit accused of police brutality. (Photo by Sunday Alamba/AP Photo)

Somali artist Sana Ashraf Sharif Muhsin, 21, works on one of her paintings at her home in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, October 15, 2021. Among the once-taboo professions emerging from Somalia's decades of conflict and Islamic extremism is the world of arts, and this 21-year-old female painter has faced more opposition than most. (Photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP Photo)

Somali artist Sana Ashraf Sharif Muhsin, 21, works on one of her paintings at her home in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, October 15, 2021. Among the once-taboo professions emerging from Somalia’s decades of conflict and Islamic extremism is the world of arts, and this 21-year-old female painter has faced more opposition than most. (Photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP Photo)

A person does a handstand in front of a burning pile of tyres during a protest against prospect of military rule in Khartoum, Sudan on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)

A person does a handstand in front of a burning pile of tyres during a protest against prospect of military rule in Khartoum, Sudan on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)

Yel Aguer Deng, who does not know his age, walks through water from his compound to the Wanyhok-Akon road, near Malualkon in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan, Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The worst flooding that parts of South Sudan have seen in 60 years now surrounds his home of mud and grass. His field of sorghum, which fed his family, is under water. Surrounding mud dykes have collapsed. The United Nations says the flooding has affected almost a half-million people across South Sudan since May. (Photo by Adrienne Surprenant/AP Photo)

Yel Aguer Deng, who does not know his age, walks through water from his compound to the Wanyhok-Akon road, near Malualkon in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan, Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The worst flooding that parts of South Sudan have seen in 60 years now surrounds his home of mud and grass. His field of sorghum, which fed his family, is under water. Surrounding mud dykes have collapsed. The United Nations says the flooding has affected almost a half-million people across South Sudan since May. (Photo by Adrienne Surprenant/AP Photo)

Abuk Yel, 28, makes “audek”, a braided dry grass that will serve to build herself a shelter, in Langic, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan, Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Yel, who was forced out of her home by the floods earlier in the month, builds a shelter to live in with her six children. (Photo by Adrienne Surprenant/AP Photo)

Abuk Yel, 28, makes “audek”, a braided dry grass that will serve to build herself a shelter, in Langic, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan, Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Yel, who was forced out of her home by the floods earlier in the month, builds a shelter to live in with her six children. (Photo by Adrienne Surprenant/AP Photo)

Children standing on a small mud dyke are reflected in the stagnant water, in Langic, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan, Wednesday, October 20, 2021. This is the third straight year of extreme flooding in South Sudan, further imperiling livelihoods in the world's youngest country. A five-year civil war, hunger and corruption have all challenged the nation. Now climate change, which the United Nations has blamed on the flooding, is impossible to ignore. (Photo by Adrienne Surprenant/AP Photo)

Children standing on a small mud dyke are reflected in the stagnant water, in Langic, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan, Wednesday, October 20, 2021. This is the third straight year of extreme flooding in South Sudan, further imperiling livelihoods in the world’s youngest country. A five-year civil war, hunger and corruption have all challenged the nation. Now climate change, which the United Nations has blamed on the flooding, is impossible to ignore. (Photo by Adrienne Surprenant/AP Photo)

Kenya's Ambassador to the U.N. Martin Kimani, from Kenya, left, leads a United Nations Security Council mission meeting with Transition President Col. Assimi Goita, right, in Bamako, Mali, Sunday October 24, 2021. The mission that is visiting Mali this weekend to assess the security situation is urging Mali's authorities to set elections for February 2022 to meet agreements reached with a West African regional bloc after a coup last year. (Photo by Harandane Diko/AP Photo)

Kenya’s Ambassador to the U.N. Martin Kimani, from Kenya, left, leads a United Nations Security Council mission meeting with Transition President Col. Assimi Goita, right, in Bamako, Mali, Sunday October 24, 2021. The mission that is visiting Mali this weekend to assess the security situation is urging Mali’s authorities to set elections for February 2022 to meet agreements reached with a West African regional bloc after a coup last year. (Photo by Harandane Diko/AP Photo)

Members of the Sufi Karkariya order gather around their leader during a religious celebration of the birthday of the prophet Muhammed, in Aroui, near Nador, eastern Morocco, Monday, October 18, 2021. It was the first such gathering since the pandemic. The order, the Karkariya, follows a mystical form of Islam recognizable by its unique dress code: A modest yet colorful patchwork robe. (Photo by Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP Photo)

Members of the Sufi Karkariya order gather around their leader during a religious celebration of the birthday of the prophet Muhammed, in Aroui, near Nador, eastern Morocco, Monday, October 18, 2021. It was the first such gathering since the pandemic. The order, the Karkariya, follows a mystical form of Islam recognizable by its unique dress code: A modest yet colorful patchwork robe. (Photo by Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP Photo)

Captured Ethiopian government soldiers and allied militia members are paraded by Tigray forces through the streets in open-top trucks, center, as they arrived to be taken to a detention center in Mekele, the capital of the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia Friday, October 22, 2021. Ethiopian military airstrikes on Friday forced a United Nations humanitarian flight to abandon its landing in Mekele, aid workers said, and a government spokesman said authorities were aware of the inbound fligh. (Photo by AP Photo/Stringer)

Captured Ethiopian government soldiers and allied militia members are paraded by Tigray forces through the streets in open-top trucks, center, as they arrived to be taken to a detention center in Mekele, the capital of the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia Friday, October 22, 2021. Ethiopian military airstrikes on Friday forced a United Nations humanitarian flight to abandon its landing in Mekele, aid workers said, and a government spokesman said authorities were aware of the inbound fligh. (Photo by AP Photo/Stringer)

People walk on a street in Khartoum, Sudan, two days after a military coup, Wednesday, October 27, 2021. The coup threatens to halt Sudan's fitful transition to democracy, which began after the 2019 ouster of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in a popular uprising. It came after weeks of mounting tensions between military and civilian leaders over the course and pace of that process. (Photo by Marwan Ali/AP Photo)

People walk on a street in Khartoum, Sudan, two days after a military coup, Wednesday, October 27, 2021. The coup threatens to halt Sudan’s fitful transition to democracy, which began after the 2019 ouster of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in a popular uprising. It came after weeks of mounting tensions between military and civilian leaders over the course and pace of that process. (Photo by Marwan Ali/AP Photo)

A Tunisian woman farmer harvests pomegranates at the village of Tastour in the North of Tunisia, 28 October 2021. The production of pomegranates is very old in Tunisia and dates back, at least, to the Phoenician era. Today Tunisia is ranked among the top 10 producing countries and represents 3 per cent of world supply. National production is increasing rapidly with a growth of 30 per cent. Across Tunisia, hundreds of hectares of plantations are emerging. Most Tunisian pomegranate producers export their fruit, about 80 percent of which is shipped to neighboring countries and also sold in Gulf countries. (Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA/EFE)

A Tunisian woman farmer harvests pomegranates at the village of Tastour in the North of Tunisia, 28 October 2021. The production of pomegranates is very old in Tunisia and dates back, at least, to the Phoenician era. Today Tunisia is ranked among the top 10 producing countries and represents 3 per cent of world supply. National production is increasing rapidly with a growth of 30 per cent. Across Tunisia, hundreds of hectares of plantations are emerging. Most Tunisian pomegranate producers export their fruit, about 80 percent of which is shipped to neighboring countries and also sold in Gulf countries. (Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA/EFE)

African National Congress supporters join an election rally in Sebokeng, South Africa, Friday October 29, 2021. The local government elections scheduled for Nov. 1, 2021, will determine who will be on the councils that run the country's cities, including holding responsibility for delivering basic services like water, waste management and sanitation. The councillors will elect city mayors. (Photo by Jerome Delay/AP Photo)

African National Congress supporters join an election rally in Sebokeng, South Africa, Friday October 29, 2021. The local government elections scheduled for Nov. 1, 2021, will determine who will be on the councils that run the country’s cities, including holding responsibility for delivering basic services like water, waste management and sanitation. The councillors will elect city mayors. (Photo by Jerome Delay/AP Photo)

People chant slogans during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, October 30, 2021. Pro-democracy groups called for mass protest marches across the country Saturday to press demands for re-instating a deposed transitional government and releasing senior political figures from detention. (Photo by Marwan Ali/AP Photo)

People chant slogans during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, October 30, 2021. Pro-democracy groups called for mass protest marches across the country Saturday to press demands for re-instating a deposed transitional government and releasing senior political figures from detention. (Photo by Marwan Ali/AP Photo)

People gather at the site of a collapsed 21-story building in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, November 1, 2021. (Photo by Temilade Adelaja/Reuters)

People gather at the site of a collapsed 21-story building in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, November 1, 2021. (Photo by Temilade Adelaja/Reuters)

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