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UN humanitarian chief warns of desert locust crisis in Africa

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Following is an op-ed by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, on the locust outbreak in East Africa, published online by The Guardian:

A colleague at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tells a terrifying story about the desert locust.

In 2005 she visited farmers in Niger as they prepared to harvest their crops. Just hours later, a swarm of locusts swept through the area and destroyed everything. One month later, truckloads of families were forced to leave their homes because they had nothing to eat.

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