Red Cross Chief Blames Climate Change, Water Stress For Niger, Mali Violence

23 Jan 2019 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
GENEVA, Switzerland

President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer, has described violence and challenges in the Niger-Mali region as being due not only to conflict, but also effects of climate change that have diminished usable land and created unpredictable water resources."Age-old tensions between farming and herding communities are intensifying because of climate change as the availability of usable land goes down and water sources become less reliable," Maurer said after an eight-day visit to the Sahel region."Climate change adds a complicating layer in a region where underdevelopment, endemic poverty, widespread criminality and violence already make life so fragile...

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