Saturday, April 11, 2020

In central Africa, another plague is taking centre stage

If we think we have it bad with the coronavirus, spare a thought for east and central Africa, where record-breaking locust swarms are laying waste to crops and gardens throughout Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Tanzania, Congo and Uganda. There is little anyone can do, other than bang pots snd pans or throw stones, knowing full well that such efforts are entirely inadequate.
And the worst locust swarms in 70 years are about to get a whole lot worse, as a second wave up to 20 TIMES WORSE is expected to hit in June and July, as favourable breeding conditions continue in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.
The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly taking a hold on the continent, but it is seen as a distinctly subsidiary threat in rural parts of central Africa, as the locust plague decimates the fragile countryside and ruins livelihoods. Imagine having to deal with that ON TOP OF the coronavirus threat. End times indeed!

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