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Stitching land back together in drought-hit Ethiopia

Stitching land back together in drought-hit Ethiopia

The land in Lacole, part of the Oromo Region in southeast Ethiopia, looks like it’s literally been torn apart. The rift’s advance had kept local people without reliable water sources and forced them to leave the land uncultivated. The condition of the land was so unstable that they couldn’t use it for grazing their livestock, or even plant crops for fear young plants would either die in extended dry periods or be swept away when rain water rushed in unchecked, taking any remaining good soil with it.