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Deqa Abde Ahmed, 45 years old who has six children, the oldest is eighteen years old and the youngest is four years old. <br />
She said: 'This drought is affecting us badly, especially the livestock. If the rains don't come we may not be able to survive. A lot of people are now coming to settle in the village and that worries me. We are responsible for them too now.' <br />
Deqa used to be a trader, she used to buy and sell animals. 'I have only five animals left', she said. <br />
'We don't have enough food nor money. My husband at the moment is unemployed. He is a water engineer and recently there have been fewer contracts and jobs around. <br />
'These days we eat twice a day, mostly rice and jdera (pancakes). The kids keep saying they miss Somali spaghetti. I don't give them breakfast before they go to school, but I'll cook lunch for them. Sometimes I worry that they won't do well in their lessons. But I have to cook for the animals first, if we want to hope to restart our business.'<br />
'We need food; the water trucking is helping us, but we need more help. The drought has destroyed our livestock and broken people. Life is becoming harder and harder. People are afraid of hunger and starvation, they are stressed, anxious and worried all the time. We are under a lot of strain. Our mental health is at risk- we need as much help as possible.'<br />
The Horn of Africa is experiencing a devastating drought with over 11m people threatened by famine.