Madagascar hit by the first famine due to global warming, according to the UN

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In Madagascar, famine threatens 400,000 people, sometimes forced to eat locusts, cactus leaves and even mud, a UN official warned on Friday, stressing that it is the first country in the world to experience hunger due to the global warming crisis.

The famine in Madagascar is wreaking havoc with 400,000 people exposed to an immediate risk of famine, warned, Friday, June 25, the boss of the World Food Program (WFP) in the country, David Beasley. “If we do not act quickly, the number of people facing famine will reach 500,000 in a few months,” he warned in a tweet.

WFP’s regional director for southern Africa, Lola Castro, who accompanied David Beasley on a recent trip there on Friday, spoke of a “very dramatic situation” in a video interview with reporters at New York. “The worst is yet to come,” she predicted.

“We have people on the verge of starvation and there is no conflict. There is just climate change with its worst effects which is seriously affecting them,” she added, deeming “more rapid action. than necessary “from the international community. “These people have done nothing to contribute to climate change and they are taking the whole burden of it now,” she protested, quoting David Beasley.

The grip of famine is particularly important in the south of the country. More than a month ago, the UN had already warned of a growing famine putting more than a million people at risk.

The Indian Ocean island remains difficult to access both aid and media, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that accompany it. Humanitarian agencies are also struggling to raise awareness of the tragedy, when funds are lacking to provide enough aid.

With AFP

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