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Coast oasis

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Drove 8 hrs from Nairobi to the Kenya coast yesterday. Leaving Nairobi, the red earth devoid of vegetation was shocking. Hillsides and plains are all brown. The drought has been so severe that it looked like a lunar landscape - no green whatsoever, just dust devils and brush. Cattle and goats with ribs showing.

After Mariakani, on arrival at the coast, it's like another country. Lush, green - breezy, showery weather. We wondered why the long grass on the side of the road here could not be harvested and fed to cattle upcountry.

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