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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Locusts in Darfur

Richard makes the somewhat cynical observation that there is nothing in Darfur for the locusts to destroy anyway. Indeed he would be right, I suppose it's easy to get carried away with sensational headlines without stopping to think. Planting season usually occurs from April to June with the harvest starting in October, but obviously there was no planting done this year. The BBC online reports:

"In fact the planting season that should have occurred now has been completely disrupted by the conflict. People have not been on their farms to plant crops. This is the time of year when people traditionally in this part of Sudan are going hungry as there is a gap in food supplies between last year and the harvest that will see them into next year."

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