Malawians still remain hopeful that help during one of the worst drought ever registered in its history will soon come to their rescue. One such help is the International Federation of Redcross’s recently announced Multi-million dollar fund to battle southern Africa’s drought.
The International Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have pledged $110m to a new initiative to help drought-stricken southern African countries. According to reports, Southern Africa continues to grapple with one of the worst droughts in 3o years.
Evidence can be seen in one of the most shocking videos where In the middle of what used to be a watering hole, a black calf whose name is believed to be Kgantsho a Sotho name which means “the black one”, is trapped in thick clay as it was trying to get to the drinking hole, too weak to pull itself out.
“It’s only a matter of time before this one dies from dehydration and hunger” says the own as he stares at the weak and bony animal helplessly . Kgantsho had been missing for two days before he was found stuck in.
His owner, Thuso Kalane wanted to show us where he found the carcasses of six of his cows last month, only to find yet another one close to death.
Two successive droughts in the region has made it worse for all farmers who rely on annual farm produce for their livelihood. World health Organization is on record that malnutrition, food and sanitary water diseases are on the rise in the region due to drought.
In South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, last year’s poor rains have been followed by an El Nino-driven drought that has delayed planting and stunted crops, it adds.
An estimated 31.6 million people across the region are struggling to feed themselves, and the figure is expected to rise to more than 49 million by the end of the year, the IFRC said in a statement.
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