Girl, 12, saved from marrying man, 70, just moments before wedding ceremony

The devastation caused by the drought has been made worse by the war in Ukraine: Kenya relied on Russia and Ukraine for a large proportion of its grain imports. Grain was only able to leave Ukrainian ports for the first time since the war began on the first day of this month.

Russia, meanwhile, has suspended exports of certain commodities, including grain shipments, in response to Western sanctions over Vladimir Putin’s horror war.

Amira, it transpires, knew the man who could have quickly become her husband. She said: “He’s a family friend from the local town.

“He used to visit our village. He’s wealthy and he has cows.”