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Hungry monkeys attack children as drought begins to starve humans and animals alike

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One of the worst droughts in Ethiopia’s history has prompted gangs of fast-moving monkeys to attack children and other livestock, while conditions for people and animals in the country continue to deteriorate

One of Ethiopia’s worst droughts in recent memory has left hundreds of thousands of children as malnourished and desperate monkeys attempt to attack them.

Driven insane by hunger and thirst, the monkeys are exhibiting unusual behavior — attacking both children and livestock, according to a new report from Save the Children.

The drought has exacerbated already difficult living conditions in the country, which has been wracked by conflict and economic hardship due to factors beyond residents’ control.

The charity also estimates that up to 185,000 children are suffering from the deadliest form of malnutrition due to the drought.

Unable to stay in their homes, many families migrated across the country in search of rest.

A father of seven told the charity of the tragedy: “I don’t know how to feed my children. The rain stayed away.

“The grass withered. My sheep and goats died along with hundreds of thousands of animals from our village.

“We packed our meager belongings on the donkey cart and set off at midnight.”

Xavier Joubert, Save the Children Ethiopia Country Director, said: “Children – especially young children – are bearing the brunt of a harrowing and multifaceted crisis in Ethiopia. A prolonged, spreading and debilitating drought is eroding their resilience, which has already been worn down by a grueling conflict and two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately, the crisis in Ethiopia in 2022 has increased in complexity and scope. In the south and east, the ongoing drought is destroying lives and livelihoods; in the north, millions of displaced families have little access to food, health services and livelihoods; and in the Southwest, a hidden conflict is displacing hundreds of thousands.

“Families fleeing drought or conflict took very little with them, some with just their children and clothes on their backs. Although some families return home, they find their homes, hospitals and schools damaged or destroyed and their livelihoods lost.”

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