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drought in the southwest forces families to leave their land

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                The World Food Program (WFP) is sounding the alarm in Angola.  The southwest of the country is going through a major drought - the worst in 40 years - and famine threatens thousands of families whose farms are no longer producing anything.

                                    <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The drought that is raging in Kwanza-Sul, Benguela, Huambo or Huila has started to be felt.  In these provinces of southwestern Angola, the difficulties are such that families have started to leave these regions.</span></span></span></span></span></span>

« We observe a phenomenon of drought in the middle of the rainy season, WFP spokesperson Tomson Phiri warns.. This affects the southwestern provinces, namely Kwanza-Sul, Benguela, Huambo, Namibe and Huila. In these production areas that feed the country, families live off agriculture. Rain is really important for these crops. This drought will cause losses and threaten the survival of livestock. »

The pandemic makes travel inconvenient

« With such a drought, Tomson Phiri alarmed, the peasants no longer have the means to graze their cattle in the pastoral areas which are totally bare. We are starting to observe population movements. People are leaving these regions for other provinces of the country, while the period is not conducive to movements due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are also seeing some flows of people fleeing to neighboring Namibia. »

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