Kenya: Life and times of two pastoralists in the city, where meat always sells like hotcakes

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Ibrahim Abdi with his flock of goats and sheep at Patel Concrete site in Donholm estate in Nairobi. Photo| Winnie Lelei.

The flock of about 200 goats and sheep is the major source of income for Abdi and his brother, Robou Aden

By Winnie Lelei
The Nation
Dec 28, 2018

Excerpt:

Ibrahim Abdi’s flock of sheep and goats manoeuvre their way up down the concrete hills at Patel Concrete in Donholm, Nairobi, expertly picking and nipping at the lone plants that have sprouted randomly in the vast site for construction materials.

The sound of the sheep and goats bleating leaves one with the feeling of being on a farm.

But Abdi’s animals are used to life in the city, where they live and thrive amid the concrete jungle and tarmacked roads, as they are driven to various undeveloped land within the estate before retreating to Njenga slum where they are housed.

The flock of about 200 goats and sheep is the major source of income for Abdi and his brother, Robou Aden, who hail from Isiolo, a region well-known for pastoralism.

Goat and sheep meat is in high demand especially in the urban areas like Nairobi. “Most orders for our goats are made by hotels and clubs where patrons go to unwind with beer and nyama choma,” Abdi says.

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