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In Madagascar, mothers weep and send their children to bed without water to drink

In Madagascar, mothers weep and send their children to bed without water to drink

Tiny wooden houses are scattered across the harsh gray sand of Kobokara hamlet in southern Madagascar. A woman squats in one of them, looking out her low door. Her small stick house is bare, but for a blanket, a mosquito net and a homemade straw mat.

Her words settle in a sigh: “I have nothing left.”

It is the lament of a parched land, where women cry for thirsty children, and farmers’ hope is spent.

In Madagascar, the island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa, a grim cycle has set in. Rains arrive late and leave early in the African country most

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