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Agencies launch emergency appeals for drought-stricken region as up to 10 million face conditions of 1984 Ethiopia famine

Henry Foy

Published on Monday, June 21, 2010 by The Guardian/UK

Starving people in drought-stricken west Africa are being forced to eat leaves and collect grain from ant hills, say aid agencies, warning that 10 million people face starvation across the region. With food prices soaring and malnourished livestock dying, villagers were turning to any sources of food to stay alive, said Charles Bambara, Oxfam officer for the west African region.

“People are eating wild fruit and leaves, and building ant hills just to capture the tiny amount of grain that the ants collect inside. “The situation here in Chad is desperate. There is not enough food in the country, over 2 million people here are not getting enough,” said Bambara. (mais…)

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Isabel Ferreira
28 novembre 2010

C’est sur les ravages de la mondialisation néolibérale et du capitalisme mais aussi sur le terreau de l’anticolonialisme et des conquêtes démocratiques passés que l’alter-mondialisme africain voit le jour dans les années 1990. Échaudée par les dégâts causés par les plans d’ajustement structurel (PAS), la dette et autres politiques du FMI et de la Banque Mondiale, la société civile africaine va commencer à se (re)mobiliser (grèves, boycotts, luttes contre la privatisation et pour la défense des services publics, émeutes anti-FMI…) autour du principe de l’accès aux droits pour tou-te-s et en refusant la subordination au marché. (mais…)

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