The drought and starvation disaster on SA’s doorstep

13 May 2019 - 08:00 By Matthew Savides
Close to 500,000 people in Lesotho are considered 'food insecure', the country's government said at the end of April.
Close to 500,000 people in Lesotho are considered 'food insecure', the country's government said at the end of April.
Image: 123RF/Dragos Nicolae Dragomirescu

There’s a disaster looming right next door, and it could leave more than half a million people hungry.

Climate change, drought and the resultant food shortages mean that Lesotho faces an enormous crisis - 487,857 people are “considered to be food insecure”, according to the Lesotho Vulnerability Committee. That’s more than double the population of the capital city, Maseru.

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