Jack Harries

Climate Change in Somaliland

I travelled to the remote village of Boodlhey in Northern Somaliland to photograph nomadic pastoralists.

Somaliland is a self declared and autonomously run region in the north western part of Somalia. Home to 4.4 million inhabitants, it’s own currency, army and parliament.

More than 1.5 million people have been affected by the drought afflicting the state and most of its livestock has been wiped out. For years now, Somaliland, like much of East Africa, has experienced extreme drought. However recently the drought has become increasingly severe, with thousands on the brink of starvation, the government of Somaliland declared a national emergency.

Somaliland could be considered the canary in the mine in a world that is getting hotter and where extreme weather conditions are becoming more common. For Somaliland’s nomads, the increasing frequency and ferocity of drought is an immediate life-or-death challenge that pushes their already precarious existence to the edge.