Locusts, known and feared by the world’s most ancient civilizations, are invading southern Ethiopia and neighboring part…

Locusts, known and feared by the world’s most ancient civilizations, are invading southern Ethiopia and neighboring parts of Kenya in numbers not seen in generations. Unseasonable rain, linked to a climate-change-driven event in the Indian Ocean, has turned the region into a buffet for the insects. Now, a major humanitarian crisis looms. Locusts can decimate cropland, crippling farms and leaving markets empty and livestock with nothing to eat. Around 19 million people already face high levels of food insecurity in East Africa. Despite technological improvements, the prospects of controlling the locusts remain slim. Meanwhile, the biggest of the swarms are getting closer every day to Ethiopia’s breadbasket in the Great Rift Valley, where smaller swarms are already stripping some farms. Ethiopia is likely to be hit the hardest by the infestation, which began last June but is only now reaching epic proportions. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photos and video by Eduardo Soteras Jalil for The Post)