This is the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944.
Kenya, Somalia and Uganda have been battling the swarms in the worst
locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years. The
U.N. said swarms have also been sighted in Djibouti, Eritrea and
Tanzania and recently reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half
the population already faces hunger after years of civil war.
A joint statement Tuesday from FAO
director-general Qu Dongyu, U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, and
World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley called the swarms of
locusts “a scourge of biblical proportions” and “a graphic and shocking
reminder of this region’s vulnerability.”
The FAO said mature locusts, carried in
part by t...