Wed, Dec 05, 2012
When the Water Ends - Africa’s Climate Conflicts
When The Water Ends: Africaâ??s Climate Conflicts is a 16-minute video that documents conflicts driven by climate change in Eastern Africa. The video focuses on four groups of pastoralists â?? the Turkana of Kenya and the Dassanech, Nyangatom, and Mursi of Ethiopia â?? who are among the more than two dozen tribes whose lives and culture depend on the waters of the Omo River and the body of water into which it flows, Lake Turkana. To report this video, Evan Abramson, a 32-year-old photographer and videographer, spent two months in the region, living among the herding communities. He returned with a tale that many climate scientists say will be increasingly common in the 21st century and beyond â?? how worsening drought in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere will pit group against group, nation against nation. As one UN official told Abramson, the clashes between Kenyan and Ethiopian pastoralists represent â??some of the worldâ??s first climate-change conflicts.â?
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