From Ann Curry, NBC News
Arusha, Tanzania "I am a Masai," Jonas Eliau tells us.
And the Masai he says, believe Mount Kilimanjaro is dying. "We fear there will be no more water for the people, if all the snows on Kili melt."
Scientists say 84 percent of the mountain's glaciers have disappeared in less than 100 years. Climate change is the lead suspect. Since before memory, the glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro have fed the rivers that sustain Tanzania's many tribes.
As our truck bounces along unpaved roads, Jonas points out a river he says is two-thirds the width it once was. He tells us there is less rain during the rainy season and wells are drying up.
|Belinda reading at a table|
It is because of one dry well that 13-year-old Belinda Amon might have to stop going to school.
Beautiful and soft-spoken, she is a good student: "I want to be president," she told me. "Like Obama?" I ask, and she immediately grins wide, "Yes." Then she adds, "but If that doesn't work out, a doctor or a nurse." She studies in a mud-walled home with a earthen floor, right next to the buckets her mother collects water in.
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