October 23, 2021

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The next “epidemic” – V.G.

Precise drops: The small brown that comes out of the water while digging, but according to Kaltuma Mohammad Omar (70) he drowned in the river at a young age. Photo: Howard Pigeland / Norwegian Church Aid

On a dry riverbank in Sudan, Kaltuma (70) digs with his hands to find water. The UN is now warning that drought could cause damage in line with Govt-19.


On the riverbank outside Saling in Darfur, Sudan, a bent old woman is lying on all fours, while the shawl flies in the air. In front of her she holds a barrel that fills the last drop of water from a hole in the sand.

– I have seen climate change up close and it is much harder for us and our animals to survive than ever before, says Kaltuma Mohammed Omar, 70, to Norwegian Church Aid, who has provided photos and quotes to VG.

Kaltuma is one of the many affected by the gradual increase in drought with global warming.

The UN warns that 130 countries in the world will be affected by drought if current emission figures are not reversed (so-called “high-emission scenario”). Between 1998 and 2017, 1.5 billion people were affected by drought, according to a new report. Breed by Reuters.

Crush Dry: In Darfur, they are used for droughts, but they occur more frequently and are more durable. Photo: Howard Pigeland / Norwegian Church Aid

“Drought is going to be the next epidemic, and there is no vaccine that can cure it,” said Mamie Misutter, special correspondent for the United Nations Office for the Prevention of Crisis (UNDRR).

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The UN expects regular droughts in much of Africa, large parts of Central and South America, Central Asia, southern Australia, southern Europe, Mexico and the United States.

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Drought, which creates migration, can affect up to 40 percent of agricultural imports, both domestically and in Europe, to EU countries. Nature writes.

No signs of rain: Kaltuma Mohammad Omar looks at the sky, but no rain clouds are seen. Photo: Howard Pigeland / Norwegian Church Aid

In Sudan, they have become accustomed to drought, but Kaltuma, who has lived along the river for a lifetime, has seen a gradual decline. A few decades ago, there was water in the river almost all year round. Now it is mostly very dry.

– I remember there was water here at this time when I was young. Previously, the rainy season was long, but now it is short and intense. This has changed a lot.

The smallest that comes out of what you dig will be brown from a puddle.

– Having too little water makes my life difficult. In addition to a lot of diseases. We only have dirty water to drink.

The river has become a road: The dry riverbank has become like a sandy road that Mohammed Ismail Mohammed (66) uses to get around. Photo: Howard Pigeland / Norwegian Church Aid

Previously, the entire river was surrounded by trees, but they have been cut down. Now the riverbank resembles a wide and sandy highway, which cuts through the terrain.

In the middle of a dry river, Mohammed Ismail Mohammed (66) rides a donkey. He also talks about the changes that took place when he was younger, and saw the tricky water here for most of the year.

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As a farmer, I feel more about the harsh conditions of the climate. The river is drying up. Before this, I could not ride a donkey in the middle of the river like I do now.

Change: Mohammed Ismail Mohammed rides across the river, where there was water, and at a young age he grew trees on the edge. Photo: Howard Pigeland / Norwegian Church Aid

Socialist Party: VG edits: An earlier version of this case said that 40 per cent of agriculture in EU countries could be affected by drought, but the right thing to do is that 40 per cent of agricultural imports to EU countries could be affected. This was fixed at 16.34, 20.06.2021.