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    Posted by Brian Jones

    12 April 2004 – desvill (68k image)

    This is a typical village, nestled in the mountains, the buildings fitting in to the surroundings seemingly a part of the landscape. People eke out a living through the herding of livestock and the practice of rain fed agriculture. In Chaghi there has been a drought for the past 7 years, which has systematically erroded people's livelihoods and ability to cope with what amounts to a chronic drought shock.

    Increasingly people are turning their backs on a landscape and way of life that is unable to sustain them and turning instead to daily waged labour in a desperate attempt to obtain food and other essential items which they require to sustain them.

    The situation raises important questions about how to design and implement programs within chronic situations when most funding is geared towards acute 'emergencies' and actively turns away from chronic situations.

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