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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta t- V ir Sahara marches South By RONALD FARQUHAR GENEVA (Reuter) Mighty rivers shrunk to streams dried-up rice paddies and aban- doned -villages carcasses sprawled in scorched waste- lands where grass 'once grew shoulder-high scores of thousands of thirsty, hungry no- mads fleeing in search of water and food. This is the grim picture drawn by eyewitness reports here of drought in West Africa where the Sahara desert is inarching south through six countries, its fiery breath de- vouring cattle and crops in tem- peratures reaching about 122 degrees. An estimated 20 million .people in the Sahel zone, em- bracing Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger, Senegal and Upper Volta, are affected by the drought, reported to be the worst in 60 years. Herds of camels, sheep and goats have been decimated, crops ruined and fishing se- riously affected. A top United Nations official described it as "the progressiv deterioration of the Sahel envi- ronment." BABIES LACK MILK Although there have been no reports of people dying from hunger, a UN Food and Agricul- ture Organization (FAQ offi- cial spoke of "indirect" casu- alties amongst breast-fed babies whose mothers had no milk to give them. Donald Kurtz, sent by the Geneva-based. World Council of Churches to report on the situ- ation in the republic of Niger, said once-mighty, long Niger River "has shrunk to a stream." Henri Chazme, an FAO spokesman just back from a three-week visit to Senegal and Mauritania, said the same about the Senegal River. "I am not an agronomist or a biologist, but my feeling, after driving in the bush away from good roads, was that the situ- ation is worse than anybody thinks. Cbazine said. In his report, Kurtz said: "Only massive control and de- velopment of available water resources can stabilize the situ- ation. .There are even some who question if the current position can be stabilized." VEGETATION DRYING UP Grass has been destroyed, up- setting the balance of vegeta- tun, and water holes are drying up, he Mid. "The United Nations and its various agencies, African groins and the countries them- selves are currently in the midst of massive studies and Kurtz reported. "But results are still a long way off. .One official of the. Ni- ger ministry of development and co-operation gloomily pre- dicted that it would be 10 years before we begin to see any ac- tion and jxgidts. "The immediate water crisis is a problem that only rains can solve. Although everyone speaks confidently of good rains this year, noone has been able to explain why a proper rainy Mason should expected this year after five consecutive dry Masons. "Nomads, having lost or been forced to seU their have tuned to primitive fann- ing, often on worn-out land. They have crowded together, causing sanitary problems and JQ turn CDQ6DUC eases into epidemics. And then- overcrowding threatens to depl- ete what water is available." TO FRONT. THE PRESS CFABUTON CAUSES OOT4ES By ctosercARmusa. OOTHiSaOSiT MAKES IT AHOUMD AN OAt TRACK UHTItTHE DESIRED rTEM APPEARS.., mm fifflKX'V fetej wm SIP? Good Humor 'CBCREAM Kktolove "NoDriff QoodHwnor VOTiammys'cauMttwy get more Iteks to the stick, and tummy-tickling good tests toof love them, drip test end dont gctyou an Snack sized WHAMMYS. come in vanitta, chocolate and strawberry ice cream with chocolate flavoured coatings. Thert't even one with chocolate chips. CUP THIS COUPON AND SAVE surrounded by ffon ofeemy Onp ice cream and a heavenly nevoufsd costing of chocolate- 15'Off HUMOR WIAMMYS atom 1k ftami MMT In mmmn ftnma I 5- a _ s ;