Malnutrition has already affected 500,000 children, 110,000 of which are severely or acutely malnourished. They are only one step away death.
Global warming caused by humans is responsible for the famine in Madagascar. This warning was made Tuesday, November 2nd by an official from the World Food Program (WFP).
Aduino Mangoni (deputy director of WFP Madagascar), stated that 30.000 people are suffering from famine in Madagascar’s southern part. This area has been affected by an unprecedented drought of forty years. Additionally, more than 1.3million Malagasy are malnourished. During a UN briefing in Geneva, he stated that the situation was acute.
He believes this is the first famine to be caused by global climate change. It is also “The only famine that is linked to climate change”He insists, saying that the current attacks on Yemen, South Sudan, Tigray, and Ethiopia are all caused conflicts.
“The situation is very alarming”He said that he was referring to children who he had met at a nutrition center on a recent trip in the most affected region. “Who have only skin on the bones”. It’s a heartbreakHe said so.
The next harvest cannot take place within six months, and the situation will only worsen by then, he warned. He reminded that over 500,000 children already suffer from malnutrition, 110,000. These are severe and acute cases and only one step away from death.
WFP requires $ 69million to provide the assistance needed over the next six-months. Amnesty International recently reported that 91% of the population in the south of the island lives in poverty. The drought has also decimated the fishing and agricultural production capacity, which is crucial for families’ survival. .