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Reforçar a capacidade dos intervenientes humanitários de África

NAIROBI - A escala do sofrimento humano que existe actualmente na Somália em virtude da seca é praticamente indescritível. É difícil encontrar palavras capazes de transmitir a devastação e a miséria que assolam o país, que atravessa agora um período prolongado de chuvas que atingem os níveis mais baixos de sempre. Vi animais definharem, sem vida, no solo poeirento, e estava presente quando o futuro das pessoas se desvaneceu diante dos seus olhos.

No entanto, embora as palavras não possam fazer justiça à magnitude da crise, podem orientar a resposta do mundo. E a este respeito, permitam-me que seja inequívoco: a menos que a comunidade internacional reveja a sua abordagem no que diz respeito à prestação de ajuda em África, o ciclo de sofrimento continuará.

A actual catástrofe da Somália não é um caso isolado. Milhões de africanos, em mais de uma dúzia de países, enfrentam lutas semelhantes, já que o fracasso das colheitas e o conflito persistente geram uma grave insegurança alimentar. Em algumas estimativas, os agricultores da África Oriental perderam até 60% dos seus animais – a sua principal fonte de rendimentos - no primeiro semestre de 2017. Perante dificuldades tão avassaladoras, estou mais zangado do que triste.

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