19 NOVEMBER 2021
MADAGASCAR: FAMINE CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
“When I visited the Grand Sud of Madagascar, I saw the human face of the climate crisis. The world cannot look away. People in Madagascar need our support now, and into the future,” said Issa Sango, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.
“The impact of the most acute drought in over 40 years, combined with sandstorms and pests, have made it nearly impossible for the people in the Grand Sud to grow their own food for at least three years,” UN News reported on 18 November 2021.
More than 1.3 million people are facing severe hunger and families took their children out of school to find food and water.
Violence and sex abuse have increased and half a million children are acutely malnourished.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator called on the international community to increase its support to people facing severe hunger in Madagascar urgently.
Madagascar became a member of the UN after getting independence from France in 1960.
It’s an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa .