“He [Erdogan] informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict – including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi….” Trump wrote on Nov. 6. “Look forward to seeing President Erdogan next Wednesday, November 13th at the @WhiteHouse!”
JOHANNESBURG—An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger because of a severe drought that’s strangling broad stretches of southern Africa.
“We are witnessing millions of already poor people facing extreme food insecurity and exhausting their reserves because of compounding climate shocks that hit already vulnerable communities hardest. They need help urgently,” said Nellie Nyang’wa, southern Africa director for the international aid agency Oxfam.
“The scale of the drought devastation across southern Africa is staggering.”
Zambia’s rich maize-growing area has been hit hard, and exports are now banned; 2.3 million people there are food-insecure, according to Oxfam and the Zambia Red Cross. The drought is also worsening food availability in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Namibia, Oxfam said.
Southern Africa has received normal rainfall in just one of the past five growing seasons, which particularly hurts small-scale farmers who depend on rain for their crops, the U.N. World Food Program said last week. U.N. food agencies plan to distribute emergency aid to 11 million people in the coming months.
Two cataclysmic cyclones hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and other southern African countries early this year, wiping out crops of maize and other staple crops. Without normal rainfall, subsistence farmers are hard-pressed to recover from destruction caused by the tropical storms.
“The successive mixture of drought and flooding has been catastrophic for many communities. In most of the affected areas, there isn’t enough drinking water, which means that people and animals—both livestock and wildlife—are having to use the same water points,” said Kaitano Chungu, secretary general of the Zambia Red Cross.
Some families in the worst-affected areas are surviving the food shortage by eating wild fruits and roots, Chungu said.
The drought has also affected the region’s wildlife. At least 105 elephants have died in Zimbabwe as a result of lack of water and vegetation, according to Zimbabwe’s National Parks.
By Andrew Meldrum
President Donald Trump will be opening New York City Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 with a speech, making history as the first time a sitting president has accepted an invitation to attend the annual event. Trump will open the 100th edition of the parade with a speech addressing veterans and military officials at Madison Square Park in Manhattan on Monday, the White House confirmed on Nov. 6. After his tribute, Trump will then lay a wreath at the Eternal Light Memorial in the park. Doug McGowan, chairman of the United War Veterans Council, which hosts the annual parade, made an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday to announce the news. “I am proud to announce—honored to announce—that the commander-in-chief has accepted our invitation and will be leading the New…