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Famine ravages Burkina Faso as farmers call for help

Famine ravages Burkina Faso as farmers call for help

Burkina Faso

<p>The landlocked West African nation of Burkina Faso has been hard hit by drought and desertification.</p> <p>Just east of capital Ouagadougou, once fertile land is now dry.</p> <p>The area used to support generations of farmers, but families now can only scrape a living.</p> <p>Under a burning sun, Julienne Rouamba works on the land she farmed for almost two decades.</p> <p>But gathering pebbles is all the land is good for now, desiccated through years of drought, the erosion of the top soil.</p> <p>From dawn till dusk she gathers the gravel and will sift and grade it before selling it to visiting merchants.</p> <p>The few dollars she makes a week is important for her family’s income.</p> <p>Other families in the area have been forced to do the same.</p> <p>The slow advance of desertification, comes as populations from the north and across the Sahel are being pushed from their homes by violence linked to jihadists.</p> <p>Food insecurity already affects two million people in Burkina Faso, according to the latest report from its government and aid groups.</p> <p>The crisis in Burkina Faso already has displaced about 850,000 people, leaving many subsistence farmers unable to feed their families.</p> <p>Some people who have stopped cultivating have tried to become traders, buying and selling food at local markets.</p> <p>But customers have little money to spend.</p> <p>Bibata Sankara, 42, owns a shop on the outskirts of Ougadougou and said for poor people, like herself, it’s hard to get by.</p>
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