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Sami villages ask for emergency support as ice blocks reindeer from food

The Sami have been hearding reindeer for centuries. Photo: Tom Svensson/Nordens Ark

Published: 12.Jan.2018 07:55 hrs

Several Sami villages have applied for emergency assistance to help their reindeer, as the layer of ice under the snow makes it difficult for the animals to find food in northern Sweden.

Scandinavia's indigenous Sami people traditionally survive by herding reindeer. Sami villages are cooperatives that organize the herding within specific geographical area – there are 51 of them in Sweden.

“A lot has been said about there being so much snow. There is snow, but that’s not so dangerous – between 60 and 80 centimetres. It’s the ice on the ground that means the reindeer aren’t getting to the moss. It doesn’t look good,” Kristina Hotti from Sweden’s Sami Parliament told newspaper NSD.

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