Child Alert - Horn of Africa UNICEF

UNICEF image
A home burned by a rival clan, Kenya.

Conflict for resources

VIDEO: Low | High bandwidth (Real player)
UNICEF correspondent Sarah Crowe reports on danger facing pastoralists in southern Somalia.

The head of the household, usually the father, may leave the family temporarily to lead the animals away from their customary routes and pastures. Often, pastoralists from neighbouring territories will work to share resources, but conflict can arise amid competition for water and land. If conflict causes injury or death, the family left behind has lost everything, including the herd.