Factbox: Forget lemurs - Eight things you didn't know about Madagascar

Tue Jun 7, 2016 9:38pm EDT
 
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By Katie Nguyen

ANTANANARIVO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Madagascar is suffering a third consecutive year of drought and its poorest rainy season in 35 years. More than 1.1 million people are unable to feed themselves.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a major donor to the country, calls the crisis a "silent emergency" requiring more international attention.

"Madagascar is really seldom in the news," said Willem van Milink, head of the U.N. World Food Programme in the African island nation. "People know very little about Madagascar ... It is isolated."

Here are some facts about the country:

1. WORLD'S FOURTH-BIGGEST ISLAND

Lying in the Indian Ocean, 400 km (250 miles) off the coast of mainland Africa, Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo.   Continued...

 
Madagascar's old colonial church on top of the hill is pictured among other buildings in the capital Antananarivo, in this October 22, 2013 file photo. Madagascar Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo and his cabinet have resigned, an official at the president's office said on April 8, 2016 without giving an explanation.   REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/Files - RTSE6O0