UN: Madagascar droughts push 400,000 toward starvation

  • Written by Edith M. Lederer
  • Published on 1st July 2021
    • In this Nov. 11, 2020, file photo, children sit by a dug out water hole in a dry river bed in the remote village of Fenoaivo, Madagascar. (AP Photo/Laetitia Bezain, File)
  • The U.N. World Food Program says southern Madagascar is in the throes of back-to-back droughts that are pushing 400,000 people toward starvation, and have already caused deaths from severe hunger.
  • Lola Castro, WFP’s regional director in southern Africa, told a news conference June 25 that she witnessed “a very dramatic and desperate situation” during her recent visit with WFP chief David Beasley to the Indian Ocean Island nation of 26 million people.
  • “This is an area of the world that has contributed nothing to climate change, but now, they’re the ones paying the highest price.” – WFP Chief David Beasley


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