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The Eighth Plague: West Africa's Locust Invasion

[Senegal] Senegalese children run as locusts spread in the capital Dakar August 2004
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During the course of 2004, several West African countries fell victim to the largest locust invasion in 15 years. Millions of hectares of crops and pasture were destroyed by giant swarms of insects. By October 2004, ten different West and North African countries were affected - Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cap Verde, Chad, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Western Sahara.


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