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Outcomes of Climate Change in a Marginalized Population: An Ethnography on the Turkana Pastoralists in Kenya.

Sarah J Hoffman, Michael Wandanje Mahero, Jacinta Mukulu Waila, Shamilah Namusisi, Cheryl Robertson
To its inhabitants, Turkana was once a land of abundance. This vital terrain was generous to its occupants 40 years ago; unfortunately, this setting has changed significantly. The climate has changed, and as a result, life has changed as well. Food insecurity, water scarcity, altered disease patterns, extreme weather events, displacement of communities, migration, population growth, and human conflict are among the previously reported effects of climate change on human health that we have witnessed and community members have shared.(1,2) Some of these issues have surfaced in most of the northern part of Kenya and are currently being experienced by the Turkana community.(3-5) Evidence supports the notion that underresourced communities, like pastoralists with limited livelihood alternatives, experience climate change disproportionately.(2) This editorial reflects on our six-week period of data collection in Turkana County, Kenya. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print October 26, 2017: e1-e2. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.304063).

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304063

DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304063

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