Kenya’s Urban Shepherds for The New York Times
Kenya’s Urban Shepherds for The New York Times

Alan Lemayian, 27, steps over trash his cattle graze along a road in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. Masai herders move their cattle from southwestern Kenya to graze in Nairobi when the land is too dry to raise livestock.

 Cattle wait for a truck to proceed through a roundabout on a highway in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

Cattle wait for a truck to proceed through a roundabout on a highway in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

 Alan Lemayian, 27, keeps an eye on his cattle as the graze in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

Alan Lemayian, 27, keeps an eye on his cattle as the graze in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

 A cow grazes in front of Langata Cemetery in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan officials say urban grazing is bad for many reasons, and it is considered illegal.

A cow grazes in front of Langata Cemetery in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan officials say urban grazing is bad for many reasons, and it is considered illegal.

 Alan Lemayian, 27, keeps watch as his cattle graze along a highway in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

Alan Lemayian, 27, keeps watch as his cattle graze along a highway in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

 Alan Lemayian, 27, watches his cattle move through Ngong Forest in Nairobi, Kenya.

Alan Lemayian, 27, watches his cattle move through Ngong Forest in Nairobi, Kenya.

 A boy watches as cattle are moved home after grazing in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

A boy watches as cattle are moved home after grazing in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

 Jane Tara, 29, milks a cow at her family's home in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

Jane Tara, 29, milks a cow at her family's home in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

 A group of Masai homes in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

A group of Masai homes in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

 The Saiyanga family has morning tea at their home in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

The Saiyanga family has morning tea at their home in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

 Cattle walk down a road in Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, on their way to a field on the slum's outskirts in Nairobi.

Cattle walk down a road in Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, on their way to a field on the slum's outskirts in Nairobi.

 Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi.

Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi.

 Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle cross a creek in Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, on their way to a field on the slum's outskirts in Nairobi, Kenya.

Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle cross a creek in Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, on their way to a field on the slum's outskirts in Nairobi, Kenya.

 Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle as they move to a field to graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle as they move to a field to graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi, Kenya.

 Cattle graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi.

Cattle graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi.

 Cattle are driven home to their sheds in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi.

Cattle are driven home to their sheds in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi.

Kenya’s Urban Shepherds for The New York Times
 Cattle wait for a truck to proceed through a roundabout on a highway in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
 Alan Lemayian, 27, keeps an eye on his cattle as the graze in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
 A cow grazes in front of Langata Cemetery in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan officials say urban grazing is bad for many reasons, and it is considered illegal.
 Alan Lemayian, 27, keeps watch as his cattle graze along a highway in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
 Alan Lemayian, 27, watches his cattle move through Ngong Forest in Nairobi, Kenya.
 A boy watches as cattle are moved home after grazing in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
 Jane Tara, 29, milks a cow at her family's home in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
 A group of Masai homes in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
 The Saiyanga family has morning tea at their home in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
 Cattle walk down a road in Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, on their way to a field on the slum's outskirts in Nairobi.
 Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi.
 Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle cross a creek in Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, on their way to a field on the slum's outskirts in Nairobi, Kenya.
 Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle as they move to a field to graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi, Kenya.
 Cattle graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi.
 Cattle are driven home to their sheds in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi.
Kenya’s Urban Shepherds for The New York Times

Alan Lemayian, 27, steps over trash his cattle graze along a road in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. Masai herders move their cattle from southwestern Kenya to graze in Nairobi when the land is too dry to raise livestock.

Cattle wait for a truck to proceed through a roundabout on a highway in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

Alan Lemayian, 27, keeps an eye on his cattle as the graze in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

A cow grazes in front of Langata Cemetery in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan officials say urban grazing is bad for many reasons, and it is considered illegal.

Alan Lemayian, 27, keeps watch as his cattle graze along a highway in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

Alan Lemayian, 27, watches his cattle move through Ngong Forest in Nairobi, Kenya.

A boy watches as cattle are moved home after grazing in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

Jane Tara, 29, milks a cow at her family's home in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

A group of Masai homes in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

The Saiyanga family has morning tea at their home in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.

Cattle walk down a road in Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, on their way to a field on the slum's outskirts in Nairobi.

Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi.

Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle cross a creek in Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, on their way to a field on the slum's outskirts in Nairobi, Kenya.

Edwin Lekishon, 16, watches his cattle as they move to a field to graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Cattle graze on the outskirts of Kibera, Africa's biggest urban slum, in Nairobi.

Cattle are driven home to their sheds in the Langata neighborhood of Nairobi.

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