Photo | Radio Ergo reporter Farah Dubad interviewing Awil Shire on 25 October, abandoned by his family fleeing drought/Ergo

By Radio Ergo

Ninety-year-old Awil Shire had not eaten or drunk for more than 24 hours. He crawled to the side of the main road in a remote part of Sool in northern Somalia hoping that any passing vehicle might stop and help him with food and water.

He was found at a place called Adab Homay after dusk by a local team, accompanied by Radio Ergo’s reporter, who were travelling through the area assessing the impact of the drought.

The team gave Awil some dates and water and after he had recovered some energy he narrated his ordeal.

Awil told Radio Ergo he had been left behind when his family and the rest of the community migrated away in search of water as he was not strong enough to walk a long distance.

There was no food or water in El-weyn, five km from Awrbogays, so he and his wife walked for two days asking for help along the way. When he could walk no more, his wife left him under a tree early in the morning to go and look for water for him and their four remaining goats but as darkness fell she had not come back.

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