Marching On Together


Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games... Swansea City 0 v 1 Leeds United, 4 points needed from 3 games...

Friday, 23 September 2016

Humanitarian crisis looming in Garissa County Kenya following persistent drought that has affected thousands of families and their animals.


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A humanitarian crisis is looming in Garissa County following a persistent drought that has affected thousands of pastoralist families.
The drought that has led to the drying up of water sources and the depletion of pasture for livestock. The affected families have appealed to the government and the international community to quickly intervene as threatens their lives and those of their animals.
Most water points have dried up with the few remaining ones having foul-smelling water which both the residents and their animals are depending on for survival.
Many have to walk for over 30 kilometres to look for water for drinking and for domestic use. Schools and health facilities in Ijara Sub-County, one of the areas hardest hit by the drought, are on the verge of shutting down.
According to residents who spoke to Nation.co.ke, children in the areas affected by the drought have also shown signs of contracting of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea as they lack clean water to ensure proper hygiene.
When the Nation visited the only water dam in Korisa Location in, locals could be seen busy drawing the dirty, smelly water.
They competed for the scarce resource with animals seeking to quench their thirst.
Goats and cows which looked emaciated had to be assisted by their owners out of the muddy wells as they had become weak after walking for long distances.
"Thirsty wild animals are fighting with people for the access of the only water source in this area. "Residents are forced to take turns day and night to keep away buffaloes from the dam, but now we have given up because it is extremely risky to ward off the thirsty wild animals as they come in big numbers," a resident, Mr Haret Nasteh said.
He said most livestock have moved deep into Boni Forest, between Ijara and Lamu, in pursuit of pasture as the drought situation worsens.

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