The Hard to Count Still Count

The nomadic Nyangatom in southern Ethiopia move around fast—and that puts them at a disadvantage when international organizations depend on reliable data collection to set policies and distribute resources.
 
In the end, their goats showed the way. Unlike the pickier cows, they ate everything in sight—leaving crucial clues on satellite imagery that helped Stanford medical student Hannah Wild to reach and interview the Nyangatom.
 
That data upended conventional thinking about gender relations in pastoral societies. Dangerous journeys and the demands of caring for livestock—not a lack of permission from husbands—are the real hurdlest o seeking care when their kids are sick.

Scope (Stanford University blog)

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