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The Fortnight

SOMALIA

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Aug 15, 1995 | From the print edition

-- Somalia needs
International assistance again... this time not to protect it
in the throes of a devastating famine but the attack of a
swarm of voracious locusts,
known as quela. "The farming communities in Somalia
are becoming increasingly
desperate, almost going back
10 the same situation as during the famine," laments
Talib Ali, a UN official working with the Food and
kgriculture Organization
itationed in Somalia. A giant
swarm of the quelatiny quail-like marauding
insects - has reportedly
descended like a pall of
doom over the Somalian
farmlands. And unless international forces are mobilised
now, Somalia will be ravaged once again.

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