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Photo essay: Fishing and firearms in Africa

 INSP/Reuters 16 December 2019

Our photo series this week depicts the daily lives of indigenous fisherman in Kenya and Ethiopia. Drought in Kenya has forced the Turkana people, formerly land farmers, to fish in Lake Turkana, which is already over-fished by the Dhaasanac people of Ethiopia, who are being forced further South into Kenyan territory by government agricultural schemes. Violence has flared between the two groups as both desperately try to provide food for their communities. As the pictures show, guns have become as ubiquitous on Lake Turkana as boats and nets. (115 Words) - By INSP Staff Writer

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7. An armed Turkana man walks towards the shores of Lake Turkana near a temporary fishing camp some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 12, 2019.Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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Turkana fisherman sail at the beginning of the day's fishing on Lake Turkana, some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 13, 2019.Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A Turkana man and a boy carrying a gun look on as a G3 battle rifle hangs from a structure used to dry fish at a fishing camp on the shores of Lake Turkana, some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 12, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A Turkana fisherman man attempts to climb back up onto his boat after untangling a fishing net from floating weeds on Lake Turkana, some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 12, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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Turkana fishermen venture into deeper waters while fishing on Lake Turkana, some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A Dhaasanac man from southern Ethiopia and Kenyan soldiers from the Rapid Deployment Unit, an emergency response unit who were deployed due to reoccurring clashes and killings between the Turkana and Dhaasanac communities, try to lift a cow which is dying from hunger, a few hundred meters from the official boundary of the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 13, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A man reaches for an AK47 assault rifle during a fishing expedition on Lake Turkana, some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 13, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A man rests during a fishing expedition on Lake Turkana, some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 12, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A Turkana boy herds livestock to grazing grounds in the disputed area of the Ilemi triangle in northwestern Kenya near the borders with Ethiopia and South Sudan October 15, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A Turkana fisherman holds a freshly caught fish on Lake Turkana, some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 12, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A Turkana man pushes a boat as he prepares to venture onto Lake Turkana for the day's fishing, some kilometres from Todonyang near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northwestern Kenya October 13, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A Turkana woman poses for a photograph as she milks her goats the end of the day in her family's cattle kraal in the disputed area of the Ilemi triangle in northwestern Kenya near the borders with Ethiopia and South Sudan October 14, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola


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