The race to adapt to climate change

by Jaspreet Kindra

Momina Ali, 13, has to take a day off from school to search for water. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth – Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table.