Yelfign, 58, holds out a handful of grains mixed with sand that she managed to recover after her village was destroyed by floods on July 10th, Kobo Woreda, North Wollo zone, Amhara region, Ethiopia.

Yelfign says:

"It all happened on a midnight.  I just ran to save my life, I didn't take anything with me. My house was destroyed, all the property is gone, there's nothing left for me. All my belongings including my crops were destroyed by the floods.  After the floods, I went back and tried to collect what was left of them on the ground but this is not usable anymore. I have never experienced such a disaster in m life."

Ethiopia has had continuous decreased rainfall since 2007. In 2009 rains failed completely, destroying harvests and forcing families to look for alternative ways of generating income in order to feed their children. This year rains have improved but in areas of North Wollo there have been heavy rains which have caused floods and destroyed villages. Farmers say they have never seen such strong rains in 27 years.  North Wollo is a low-land area with mountains where the only cultivable land is at the foot of the hills. Deforestation has turned the land barren and there are high levels of soil erosion.
 (image by Caroline Trutmann)
Yelfign, 58, holds out a handful of grains mixed with sand that she managed to recover after her village was destroyed by floods on July 10th, Kobo Woreda, North Wollo zone, Amhara region, Ethiopia. Yelfign says: "It all happened on a midnight. I just ran to save my life, I didn't take anything with me. My house was destroyed, all the property is gone, there's nothing left for me. All my belongings including my crops were destroyed by the floods. After the floods, I went back and tried to collect what was left of them on the ground but this is not usable anymore. I have never experienced such a disaster in m life." Ethiopia has had continuous decreased rainfall since 2007. In 2009 rains failed completely, destroying harvests and forcing families to look for alternative ways of generating income in order to feed their children. This year rains have improved but in areas of North Wollo there have been heavy rains which have caused floods and destroyed villages. Farmers say they have never seen such strong rains in 27 years. North Wollo is a low-land area with mountains where the only cultivable land is at the foot of the hills. Deforestation has turned the land barren and there are high levels of soil erosion.
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