This is a repost to remind us that we, the spoiled and the blessed, have indeed been very
blessed and no doubt very spoiled. We have read of pestilence and death, of shortages
and isolation and probably at times have pushed it from our crowded minds. May God bless us all.
The soul of hunger
is a bare tree
beneath a burning sun.
of Earth and Heaven
bless this aching space.
Feed our little ones;
don’t let the desert
swallow them up.
Spare us the locust
and that awful virus.
If we cannot escape
may they bring honey
free from sting.
has brought us
to our knees,
Even as we pray for rain
we thank You for the sun.
NEW YORK TIMES AUG. 7, 1986
The United States Agency for International Development, which has set aside $5 million for projects to fight what it believes could potentially be the worst plague of locusts in Africa in 60 years,
Published on 14 Mar 2006
The Namibian, confirmed that members of the community, who live in western Caprivi, had consumed contaminated rice collected from the floor of a food warehouse, said Gabriel Kangowa, deputy director of the Emergency Management Unit (EMU) who conducted the investigation, said the 1,600-member community had received food assistance earlier in the year and were told that the spoilt rice was meant for their chickens and pigs. “But people were hungry and the unemployment rate is very high in the area – they had no choice but to also eat this rice,” he told IRIN.
Two serious droughts have occurred in the past three years – drought this year reduced national crop yields to 46 percent below the sixteen-year average.
Poverty, unemployment and HIV /AIDS remain major factors behind hunger and undernourishment in Namibia.
May 10th, 2019
Namibia has been experiencing a persistently stubborn drought for the past six years, which has killed an unspecified number of livestock across the country, estimated to be worth millions of dollars. The Prime Minister told governors that it was clear that the “livelihoods of the majority of Namibians, especially those that depend on agricultural activities is threatened.”
The Good News Is:
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila this week announced a N$573 million drought package aimed at helping farmers and families affected by the drought.
Those affected would receive food assistance; water tanks and livestock marketing incentives. Farmers will also be provided with transport subsidy to and from grazing areas, and transport for fodder to the drought affected farmers especially in communal areas.
“This is to be done immediately, so that such support reach our farmers,” she said.
She also announced that the Ministry of Defense will contribute trucks, three per region to be used in the distribution. “Given the extent of the drought, these interventions will require the support of all Namibians, and we must avoid delays and wastages in order to safeguard our people who are affected
There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Seek and you shall find. Matthew 7:7