Elephants suffering in Mali drought

Published on 18 May 2009

The bodies of young elephants covered in the brown dirt of dried-up wells tell a heartrending story. (..)The U.N. Development Programme ranks Mali near the bottom of its Human Development Index. It cites a 56 percent poverty rate in the country, with nearly a third of the population unlikely to live past age 40, and an illiteracy rate of 77 percent. The World Food Programme says the majority of infant deaths in Mali are due to malnutrition.

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