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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Ravaged by drought, Madagascar feels the full effect of climate change

Ravaged by drought, Madagascar feels the full effect of climate change

Date : 23rd October 2009, Source : The Guardian (UK)



Remanonjona Feroce founded the village of Anjamahavelo meaning At the Lucky Baobab in Madagascar a generation ago. With memories of a flood still fresh, he chose a spot far from the nearest river. He cleared the wild forest and sacrificed a sheep in the hope that it would make the owls, lemurs and snakes go away. "Animals can't live together with little children and young girls," explained Feroce, an 85-year-old great-grandfather. "They don't want snakes to be here because they have bad spirits. They strangle children by curling around the neck. Owls are bad birds. If one hoots, it means somebody will die."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/23/madagascar-drought





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