For the past two years in a row, the rains have totally failed in Northern Kenya -- and the lives of pastoralists have been violently disrupted. In fact, rains have either failed or been insufficient for five of the past seven years.
Just ten years ago, the landsape around Marsabit town was green, with fields of maize and beans, and mango trees all over the hillsides. Cool mists frequently clouded nearby Marsabit mountain. But all that has changed.