Climate change and environmental degradation are transforming Somalia, pushing people to desperate choices and violence. Somalis live – and die – depending on the amount of rain that falls each year.
Nairobi-based photographer Nichole Sobecki (b. 1986, USA) and reporter Laura Heaton (b. 1983, USA) set out to capture the personal consequences of drought for the people they met in Somalia. As their project statement says: “This is the story of the mother who didn't flee civil war but fled the drought. The fisherman pushed into piracy by empty nets in a depleted, lawless sea. The young farmer who felt the pull of the militant group Al Shabab when his crops failed for multiple seasons.”