Among Kenya's Maasai, Traditional Ways Falling to Climate Change

77-year-old Takaita Kariankei has lost more than 50 percent of his cattle to drought since the early 2000s. Losses like this, likely linked to climate change, have had a big impact on Maasai families and their culture.


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Climate change is just the latest of many threats to the traditional culture of the pastoralist Maasai people of East Africa. But for many, it's the one that's finally forcing them to abandon their old ways, as repeated bouts of extreme weather lead them to give up their cattle.

  • In the Maasai culture, it's considered rude to count one's children or his grandchildren, but it's clear that Takiata has many little helpers with the evenings chores. (Photo: Siegfried Modola)

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  • Takiata Kariankei, 77 years old, lives In the Southern Rift Valley of Kenya. He is a Maasai pastoralist, carefully watching his cattle as he herds them home for the evening. (Photo: Siegfried Modola)

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