But he says his heart hears what they say and he can imagine their suffering. The 78-year-old comes from Changanine, in Mozambique, where a severe drought has caused people to pass out from hunger and thirst.
Thanks to the drought resilient seeds he has received from Mozambique Red Cross, the father-of-four literally has hope in the palm of his hand.
Meet more of the people featured in our Stories of Life series. Photo: IFRC/Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville