AFRICA – TheUnited Nations (UN) has called for international help to fight huge swarms ofdesert locusts sweeping through East Africa. Ethiopia, Kenyaand Somalia are all struggling with “unprecedented” and “devastating” swarms ofthe food-devouring insects, the FAO said. The agencyfears locust numbers could grow 500 times by June. Ethiopia andSomalia have not faced an infestation on this scale for 25 years, while Kenyahas not seen a locust threat this size for 70 years, the FAO said.(BBC) Swarms of locusts are seen almost covering the sky in East Africa. Countries in this African region, according to reports, have not faced a locust infestation this size in decades. REUTERS A spokesman forthe UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), called for aid to “avert anythreats to food security, livelihoods and malnutrition.”
– Advertisement -Students and teachers at North Peace Secondary School have been working overtime in the kitchen. Over the last week, students have baked over 200 pounds of fudge and over 200 dozen cookies and butter tarts to help fundraise for a trip to Africa.In the past, students have travelled to El Salvador to build schools. Next year two groups of students will go to Ghana in West Africa to help two orphanages.Derrick Laychuk, a teacher at North Peace is leading the group now called Visions of Change.[asset|aid=3343|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c9e7a799c580188ab54e4192878f7433-Derrick – 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Photo: Natasha helps wrap some of the 200 pounds of fudge made by students at NPSS – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca One group will travel to Africa during spring break, while the other will go once school is finished for the year.Most of the baked goods have already been pre-sold, but they hope to have some left over for the community to purchase.If you’d like to buy some of the baked goods or donate to the cause, call North Peace Secondary School or talk with any of the students making the trip.