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He is exhausted after failing to foil a livestock raid in which five people were killed and animals taken. Families are on the move. Lopenyon Marwa and her grandchildren have been on the road for four long days, migrating 50 miles to Nanaam, hoping to find food for themselves and their last two donkeys. Lopenyon had skinned a donkey that had recently died. She carried the skin rolled up on her head, using it to shelter the children from the hot sun and to sleep on at night.

Nalet and his friend Tukur Ekapuon, 47, are former pastoralists who now hunt for animals to eat.

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The people of Turkana are pastoralists, or herdsmen, who depend on seasonal rains that provide food for their animals. The animals, which serve as their food and their livelihoods, are nearly gone. Imagine a travel-size liquid container. Grasslands have turned into graveyards as the carcasses of donkeys, cattle, sheep, and goats litter the landscape, their ribcages white mounds jutting from the brown dirt. Tukur shoots hyenas and vultures that prey on the bodies of dead livestock.

The people of Turkana have never eaten these foods before, and the children hate it. Other mothers have expressed similar sentiments while watching their children waste away. The Global Acute Malnutrition rate, which indicates the severity of a hunger crisis, is 30 percent in Turkana. Upon returning home from a failed mission to find vultures or hyena, Nalet is bone-tired. World Vision has declared the East Africa hunger crisis as the most severe category of emergency, focusing relief operations in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya:. So far, World Vision has reached 1 million people with humanitarian assistance in East Africa and is working to help 2.

When people need food, World Vision is there. A second distinctive: water. World Vision moves fast. We are still there, and we are still responsive. Immediate assistance also comes through life-saving work in nutrition and health. In Turkana, World Vision nutritionist June Cherutich, 25, spends three weeks of every month monitoring health facilities to ensure they are stocked with the tools needed to save lives, such as ready-to-use therapeutic food RUTF for young children suffering from acute malnutrition.

Baby Akusi received some of this emergency food. I named her after the wind. A healthy child should have a z-score of 0, but Akusi has a z-score of Her mother is given packets of RUTF and instructed to return the next week for weighing and measuring. World Vision also conducts a cash transfer program. For years, Ethiopian farmers and herders have faced recurring drought that has worn down their land, livestock, and ability to make a living.

Spring and summer rainfall has declined steadily since the mids, and the El Nino effect in and made things worse.

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This year, 9. We build and rehabilitate wells, extend pipelines, and teach hygiene practices. Bringing water and sanitation to schools and health centers puts education and life-saving medical care within reach of whole communities. In one area, officials commandeer more grain than the farmers have actually grown.

In barely nine months, more than 12, people — a third of the inhabitants — die in a single commune; a tenth of its households are wiped out. Thirteen children beg officials for food and are dragged deep into the mountains, where they die from exposure and starvation.

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A teenage orphan kills and eats her four-year-old brother. Forty-four of a village's 45 inhabitants die; the last remaining resident, a woman in her 60s, goes insane. Others are tortured, beaten or buried alive for declaring realistic harvests, refusing to hand over what little food they have, stealing scraps or simply angering officials. When the head of a production brigade dares to state the obvious — that there is no food — a leader warns him: "That's right-deviationist thinking.

You're viewing the problem in an overly simplistic matter.

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Page after page — even in the drastically edited English translation, there are of them — his book, Tombstone, piles improbability upon terrible improbability. But Yang did not imagine these scenes. Perhaps no one could. Yang's monumental account, first published in Hong Kong, is banned in his homeland. He had little idea of what he would find when he started work: "I didn't think it would be so serious and so brutal and so bloody. I didn't know that there were thousands of cases of cannibalism. I didn't know about farmers who were beaten to death. People ate corpses and fought for the bodies.

In Gansu they killed outsiders; people told me strangers passed through and they killed and ate them. And they ate their own children.

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Too terrible. Whether it is due to this process, or more likely his years working within the system, Yang is absolutely self-possessed. His grandfatherly smile is intermittently clipped by caution as he answers a question. Though a sense of deep anger imbues his book, it is all the more powerful for its restraint.

Yang Jisheng comes across as a sweet old man, but he has a core of steel. He has complete integrity. He is, she points out, part of a generation of quietly committed scholars. Despite its apparently quaint title, Annals of the Yellow Emperor is a bold liberal journal that has repeatedly tackled sensitive issues. But writing Tombstone was also a personal mission.

Yang was determined to "erect a tombstone for my father", the other victims and the system that killed them. The book opens with Yang's return from school to find his father dying: "He tried to extend his hand to greet me but couldn't lift it … I was shocked with the realisation that 'skin and bones' referred to something so horrible and cruel," he writes. His village had become a ghost town, with fields dug bare of shoots and trees stripped of bark. For all his remorse and grief, he regarded the death as an individual family's tragedy: "I was 18 at the time and I only knew what the Communist party told me.

Everyone was fooled," he says. I was on a propaganda team and I believed my father's death was a personal misfortune. I never thought it was the government's problem. Geoffrey Macnab. Tech news. Tech culture. News videos. Explainer videos. Sport videos. Money transfers. Health insurance. Money Deals. The Independent Books.

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