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African drought, result of man-made climate change

Animals become weak while land remains fallow because of drought

CAPE TOWN- The once-fertile fields of South Africa’s Western Cape region are filled with scorched patches of earth, dying plants, and wasted crops.

The scene is now common throughout eastern and southern Africa, as droughts for three consecutive years have decimated crops and caused widespread hunger. New research indicates that it is partly due to climate change driven by human action, which has worsened the El Niño weather phenomenon.

“This is about as bad as it has ever been,” said Chris Harvey, as he walked to his farm´s irrigation dam, where the water level has fallen six metres in 10 months.

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Women fight open defecation

Open Defecation Freee Champion, Mamakaieane Khats'oaneTHABA-TSEKA - Despite efforts by government and non-governmental organisations  to eliminate the practice of Open Defecation (OD) among many rural communities in Lesotho  by building toilets and asking people to use them accordingly,  about a third  of the people living in rural areas still relieve themselves in the open.

According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report the situation has not changed over the past five years as statistics indicate that at least 34 percent people of the people in Lesotho still prefer to defecate in the open despite the health challenges that are associated with the practice. 

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