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Madagascar Is On The Brink Of The World’s First Climate Change Famine And 1.1 Million Are Starving

Madagascar is on the brink of experiencing the world’s first ever famine directly caused by climate change instead of conflict.
The country is currently suffering its worst drought in 40 years, after four consecutive years of insufficient rainfall and sandstorms.
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Volunteers from World Food Programme are trying to help them. (Image via World Food Programme)
This has isolated farming communities, especially in the south of the island, which has consequently produced less than half of its usual harvest, leaving people struggling to find enough food to survive.
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Villagers in Madagascar which is experiencing a drought. (Image via World Food Programme)
Roughly 28,000 people are currently experiencing extreme hunger, while at least 1.14 million people in the Grand Sud are suffering from acute food security, according to the United Nations’ World Food Programme. The latter figure is likely to hit 1.31 million by the end of the year.
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People in Madagascar are facing famine. (Image via World Food Programme)
Cases of malnutrition in children under 5 have nearly doubled in just four months, according to the UN.
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The family in Madagascar lives in a humble house. (Image via World Food Programme)
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(Image via World Food Programme)
In order to survive, people are resorting to eating wild leaves, raw cactus fruits and insects such as locusts, the Telegraph reported.
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Children eat insects in order to survive. (Image via World Food Programme)
“This is unprecedented. These people have done nothing to contribute to climate change,” a WFP spokesperson said. “They don’t burn fossil fuels… and yet they are bearing the brunt of climate change.”
Villagers in Madagascar are now facing famine because of the worst drought in 40 years.
Image via World Food Programme
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Image via World Food Programme
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