Do These Images Show the Recent Drought in Turkana?

This tweet shared three images claiming to show the impact of drought in Turkana.


Turkana is one of the driest regions in Kenya. For the past six months between April and September, the region has only received 21% of the normal rainfall, with extended periods of dry and hot weather conditions dominating over three livelihood zones. According to a report by the National Drought Management Authority, Turkana is currently facing an acute water shortage.

Notable deterioration of vegetation in most areas of the region started being witnessed in September. Turkana Central, Loima and Turkana North for instance have vegetation whose condition is considered poor as compared to other sub-counties. Speaking in Nakaalei, Turkana, President William Ruto said the government has raised 25 billion towards drought relief. 


According to reverse image searches, the first and third images were taken in Turkana at different times this year. The first, according to a Google reverse image search, was taken from a feature published by Citizen Digital.  In this feature; ‘Famine Ravages Villages in Turkana’ filed on October 31, 2022, the image shared by this Twitter account was captured as a screen grab at minute; 02:05.

The third as well, shows the current impact of drought in Turkana. In these results provided by Google, this image was published by Nation Media on October 27, 2022.

The second image, however, was taken in Turkana but at a different time. According to this article, this image was published as early as September 16, 2021, in Turkana.


These images claiming to show the current impact of drought in Turkana are PARTLY TRUE. 

This fact-check was produced by Africa Uncensored with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, African Fact Checking Alliance network and the United Nations Development Programme.

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