Hey folks, hope you’re having a relaxing weekend. My father called me this afternoon and told me the sun has actually come back to New York- no more rain, at least for today. So if you’re in New York, I hope you get a moment to enjoy a glimpse of sunlight.
We’ve had the opposite problem on this side of the equator- the rainy season was dangerously dry, plunging parts of Uganda into famine. There is little social protection for most farmers here, even though the overwhelming majority of Ugandans are subsistence farmers. In the north and east, many people have been surviving by eating millet porridge for breakfast, and mangoes for the rest of the meals. In some communities, people have had to send their children to forage all day for “greens,” or plants that can be crushed and put into tea for a tiny bit of energy, since their crops failed, and they don’t have enough money to buy food.