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Climate Crisis Pushes 1 Million People in Madagascar to “Edge of Starvation”

HeadlineJun 25, 2021

In Madagascar, the U.N.’s World Food Programme warns the climate crisis has pushed over 1 million people “to the very edge of starvation” as the country has seen a series of severe droughts. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme, noted Madagascar has not contributed to the global climate disaster yet is suffering some of its most devastating effects. This is Tamaria, describing how her family has been surviving the drought.

Tamaria: “In the morning, I prepare this plate of insects. I clean them up as best as I can, given the near-total absence of water. It’s been eight months that my children and I have been eating this plant every day, and exclusively, because we have nothing else to eat and no rain to allow us to harvest what we have sown.”

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