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Millions at Risk in Africa Drought

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Posted on May 28, 2010
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Severe drought has plagued nomadic tribespeople living along the southern edge of the Sahara desert history for centuries.

With malnutrition already well past dangerous levels, some 10 million Africans will face extreme hunger over the next few months as the threat of famine floats across West Africa amid a drought that killed off last year’s crops and has left the region’s agricultural economy in ruins. —JCL

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At this time of year, the Gadabeji Reserve should be refuge for the nomadic tribes who travel across a moonscape on the edge of the Sahara to graze their cattle. But the grass is meager after a drought killed off the last year’s crops. Now the cattle are too weak to stand and too skinny to sell, leaving the poor without any way to buy grain to feed their families.

The threat of famine is again stalking the Sahel, a band of semiarid land stretching across Africa south of the Sahara. The U.N. World Food Program warned on Friday that some 10 million people face hunger over the next three months before the next harvest in September—if it comes.

“People have lost crops, livestock, and the ability to cope on their own, and the levels of malnutrition among women and children have already risen to very high levels,” said Thomas Yanga, WFP Regional Director for West Africa.

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By ofersince72, May 29, 2010 at 2:08 am Link to this comment

If nobody cares,  I will speak on this subject then.
You know, ole psuedo. This thread was here all day
Friday, two comments.  There are certain subjects that
that get this attention at TD. Almost ALL posts about
Iraq recieve little to no comments, there were several
that I was the only one that commented except for GRYM,
who, either was playing devils advocate or really believes
the Bush/Omama BS, especially about their free and fair
elections.
Is anyone familiar with all of the CIA’S covert and overt
operations in Africa during seventies?  It is really,
really disgusting and set the stage for the mass starvation and genocides that have occured throughout the
continent since then.  During this time, Fidel Castro
became quite a folk hero on the continent, for he sent
many , many doctors to train and aid , he also sent a few
troops to protect the unprotected that were victons of
many civil wars that the CIA started in order to install
the proper governments so they could steal all the oil
rights.  There was one time that Castro’s troops had to
protect employees of an American oil company from being
murdered by agents of the CIA. That didn’t make the media,
but was widely reported throughout the rest of the world
and a couple alternative rags picked up on it.
NOT ON   MY   BEACH…...BP is spending untold amounts
spraying poisonous dispersents to break up the oil in the
Gulf of Mexico to keep from liability for messing up the
American Beaches.  You ought to see the way Nigeria has
been left and is still being exploited by Western Oil
companies..you all know about it,  didn’t get you out of
your SUVs anymore than the slaughter of Iranians and
Iraqi’ and Afghans and all the other lives that have been
destroyed by Western Oil Companies.,,, so all you poor
souls down in the Gulf of Mexico, if it comes to evacuation, I have room for a bunch of you, but maybe now
you will be able to understand what has happened all over
the world that you turned your back on as you voted time
after time for those Conservative Destroyers of the Earth.

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By ofersince72, May 29, 2010 at 1:44 am Link to this comment

This thread been posted how long now? Just two responses.

Come on all you non-racist liberals, speak up for the
black man, woman and child that look like they just came
out of a Nazi concentration camp…..

Or as I thought,  concerns about R. Paul and tea baggers
just political scoring points.

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By martin weiss, May 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

the vultures will soon be coming home to roost.

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By ofersince72, May 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

Well,  when has America been concerned about the plight
of Africans?  Doubt many will contribute to this thread.
America doesn’t care about the one million plus killed
in Iraq, the devestation in Afghanistan and Pakistan,
the bloodbath in Central America a few decades ago, or
much else about catastrophes worldwide that don’t
directly affect them. While the West continues to pillage
Africa, they will feel good about themselves because they
threw a couple dollars back to combat AIDS that, of
course, they are going to blame defense Africans for
originating.  Americans don’t give a damn about drone
attacts, phosphorous bombs on a trapped populace, A
lieing and decietful media, nothing , except their
blackberry cell phones and trips to the gas pump.
Western powers have been pillaging and plundering Africa
for five centuries, accelerated during the Carter Administration in the seventies.
There is little pity in America for Arica’s plight
as long as Americans can get oil and gidgets and widgets.

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