Six dead giraffes lie spiraling on the dry earth, their bodies emaciated and intertwined. The aerial shot, taken by the photojournalist Ed Ramshows the devastation of Kenya’s drought, which has left people and animals struggling for food and water.
Already weak, the animals had died after getting stuck in the mud, according to Getty Images. They were trying to reach a nearby reservoir, although it was nearly dry, the agency reported.
The carcasses were moved to the outskirts of Eyrib village in Wajir County to avoid contamination of the reservoir water.
It’s not just the animals that are in danger. An estimated 2.1 million Kenyans were facing starvation due to severe drought across half the state, the national drought management authority warned in September.
On Tuesday, the UN said 2.9 million people were still in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Parts of Kenya recently reported their worst rainfall in decades, he said.
“Water sources for people and livestock have dried up, forcing families to walk longer distances and causing tensions between communities, leading to an increase in inter-community conflict,” the Bureau of the coordination of United Nations humanitarian affairs in its assessment.
Separately, the local Star news site reported that 4,000 giraffes were at risk of being wiped out by the drought.
Ibrahim Ali, from the Bour-Algi Giraffe Sanctuary, told The Star the situation had worsened due to farming along the rivers, which prevented wildlife from drinking water.