African farmers have to protect their farms from elephants in the Sahel. The land is parched (very dry) so animals and people fight for the little water there is. Herders sometimes have to scare off elephants to let their stock animals, such as goats, drink. People have been killed doing this. The elephants, in their search for water and food, invade farmers’ crops. They smell the crops and at night the farmers can expect the elephants to seek out and spoil the crops. In this video segment from the series Africa, farmers dig ditches, build barriers and stay up at night to fight off elephants.
Learn more about the Africa film "Love in the Sahel"