Cushites in Kenya include the Somali, Rendille, Borana, Burji, Gabra, Orma, Das-senach, and the El Molo. The Borana are nomadic and occupy the north-east part of Kenya. The Burji are farmers in Moyale and Marsabit districts. They grow maize, beans, pumpkins, coffee, cotton and tobacco. They weave garments, bado and kuta from the cotton they grow. Cushites in Kenya are good businessmen. The Dassenich farm during the rains and fish on Lake Turkana in dug-out canoes. Their men are known for their elaborate hairstyles and ostrich feather-made head dresses. The El-Molo is one of smallest communities in Kenya and at one time was less than 500. They are fishermen who live on two islands in the south-western part of Lake Turkana.

Cushites in Kenya have close ties with pastoralists such as the Samburu. They fish from their palm rafts on Lake Turkana. Cattle herding, commercial fishing and tourism now supplement their traditional economy. Their main diet is fish. They also eat birds, crocodiles, turtles and hip-pos. Other Cushite. Groups are the Sakuye and Galla.

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