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‘Of biblical proportions’: worst insect infestation in 70 years devastates East Africa

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David Rojas | The BL   01/27/20, 17:02

While the world could face a new global pandemic with an epicenter in China, insect swarms of apocalyptic proportions threaten to devastate East Africa, according to a United Nations statement cited by The Associated Press.

Coming from Ethiopia and Somalia, Kenya is experiencing the worst desert locust outbreak in 70 years, where in a single day a small swarm can consume enough food to feed more than 30,000 people, said U.N. spokesman Jens Laerke in Geneva.

“This one, ai! This is huge,” lamented Kipkoech Tale, a pest control expert from the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture. “I’m talking about over 20 swarms that we have sprayed. We still have more. And more are coming,” he warned, noting that there is nothing they can do to stop the catastrophe.

“The locals are really scared because they can consume everything,” added Francis Kitoo, deputy director of agriculture in Kitui County, southeast Kenya. “I’ve never seen such a big number,” he warned, determining, “They will lay eggs and start another generation.”

The recent off-season rains reportedly led to “exceptional” breeding conditions for the insects that are currently devouring both crop fields and livestock fodder—the basic pillars of the Kenyan household economy—in an area already hit by food insecurity and armed groups, Al-Jazeera reported.

Biblical proportions

An average swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometer (0.39 square miles)—an area of about 250 football fields—reaching biblical proportions in groups such as the one recorded in northwest Kenya, which measured 60 kilometers long by 40 kilometers wide (37 miles long by 25 miles wide), exceeding the size of the city of London.

So far 70,000 hectares (172,973 acres) have been infested by locusts, which can travel daily distances of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles).

Meanwhile, farmers who try to scare off locusts with rudimentary and ineffective methods are even afraid to let their animals go out to graze.

“Even cows are wondering what is happening,” a desolate local farmer said in The Associated Press report. “Corn, sorghum, cowpeas, they have eaten everything,” he added.

The U.N. announced that it is preparing an emergency response, while the plague continues to make its way to Uganda and Southern Sudan, the latter already threatened by famine as a result of five years of civil war.

 

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Yoel - Joel - Chapter 1

1  The word of the Lord, which came to Joel son of Pethuel.

2  Hear this, you elders, and hearken, all you inhabitants of the land. Did this come about in your days or in the days of your forefathers?

3  Tell your children about it, and your children to their children, and their children to another generation.

4  What the shearing locust left over, the increasing locust devoured, and what the increasing locust left over the nibbling locust devoured, and what the nibbling locust left over the finishing locust devoured.

5  Awaken, you drunkards, and weep; and wail, all you wine drinkers, concerning the strong wine, which has been cut off from your mouth.

6  For a nation has ascended upon my land, mighty and innumerable; its teeth are like the teeth of an old lion, and its molars are like those of a young lion.

7  He has laid my vine waste, and my fig tree into a disappointment; he has peeled it and cast it off, its branches have become white.

8  Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

9  Meal offering and libation have been cut off from the house of the Lord; the priests, the ministers of the Lord, mourn.

10 The field has been plundered, the soil destroyed, for corn has been plundered, must has dried up, oil has been cut off.

11 Be ashamed, you plowmen; wail, you vinedressers, for wheat and for barley, for the harvest of the field is lost.

12 The vines have dried up, and the fig trees have been cut off; the pomegranates, also the date palms and the apples, all the trees of the field have dried up, for joy has dried up from the sons of man.

13 Gird yourselves and lament, you priests; wail, you ministers of the altar; come, lodge in sackcloth, you ministers of my God, for the meal offering and the libations have been withheld from the house of your God.

14 Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; assemble, you elders, all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.

15 Woe is to the day, for the day of the Lord is near, and like plunder, it will come from the Almighty.

16 Is not the food cut off from before our eyes? From the house of our God joy and jubilation?

17 Casks of wine have gathered mold under their bungs, the storehouses are laid desolate, garners are demolished, for the corn has dried out.

18 How the cattle sighs, herds of cattle are perplexed, for they have no pasture; also flocks of sheep are laid waste.

19 To You, O Lord, I call, for a fire has consumed the dwellings of the wilderness, and a flame has burnt all the trees of the field.

20 Also, the beasts of the field cry out to You for the springs of water have dried up, and fire has consumed the dwellings of the wilderness.

 

The Locust Plague’s Ravaging of the Land and the Repentance of the People

Part 1 (Joel 1‑2) presents a detailed and graphic depiction of an unprecedented locust plague, which attacks like a raving enemy that wipes out the food supply of the people (1:2-­7,10‑12, 16‑19). The prophet exhorts the people, the elders, and the priests to don sackcloth and beseech God’s mercy through repentance, fasting, and prayer. He tells the people to rend their hearts and “turn back” to their gracious Lord‑for out of compassion He may “turn and relent” (2:12‑14). For their part, the priests are urged to weep and cry out a liturgy of anguish, that the Lord may “spare” His people (2:17).

The turning point comes in response: “Then the Lord was roused on behalf of His land and had compassion upon His people” and in a great word of promise, He tells them that He will provide new grain, wine, and oil in abundance (2:18‑19). The liturgies of penitence are now replaced by divine assurances and joyful proclamations by the ravished soil. Rains will come; the threshing floors will fill to overflowing (2:23‑24.). Thus will God manifest His presence “in the midst of Israel” (2:27).

Is G-d Angry at the wold?

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In this warped so called modern society; Little boys are now little girls, and little girls are now little boys.

Parents no longer interact with their children, give them a cell phone and they'll be quite all day. No more playing outside, no more dodgeball, a poor little kid might get hurt.

 

Society has changed! We have a permissive society where anything goes! And now we are seeing the results of this liberal permissive society! Mass shooting that is bred in a liberal permissive society and we now have a mental illness that is killing us!

Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 5

20 Woe to those who say of the evil that it is good and of the good that it is evil; who present darkness as light and light as darkness, who present bitter as sweet and sweet as bitter.

 

 

Joel vividly portrays the dependence of human life upon God's favor.

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