Severe famine in Madagascar diocese
Catholic World News - January 24, 2011
The people in the southern Madagascar Diocese of Tolagnaro are suffering from a severe famine caused by drought, according to the nation’s leading prelate, Archbishop Odon Razanakolona of Antananarivo. The archbishop told the Fides news agency that people are leaving their rural settlements for the city of Tolagnaro, for they consider it “better to die there of hunger than thirst at home.”
29% of the nation’s 20.0 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics; 12% are Protestant, 7% are Muslim, and 52% retain indigenous beliefs.
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