Ebei Edapal, Esekon Eipan, and Ebulon Louyongorot stand on the Todonyang plains near a watering hole in Kenya. The teenage boys started carrying guns as early as seven years old to protect their herd from the frequent attacks of the rival Daasanach tribe.
With the changing climate the Turkana herdsmen, who traditionally practice a nomadic pastoralist lifestyle in the arid northwestern tip of Kenya, struggle to cope with the harsh consequences of the prolonged drought.
Across the border in Ethiopia the Daasanach are pushing into Turkana territory as their government handed most of their traditional lands over to large-scale farming developers. Competing for the fishing grounds of Lake Turkana and the pastures around it, the rival communities are trapped in a vicious cycle of conflict as they struggle to survive.
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