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Hungry for justice, thirsty for change - Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2016

The latest Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania has found widespread widespread hunger and thirst across the Pacific in 2015/2016.

The report Hungry for justice, thirsty for change says extreme weather events, combined with ongoing climatic changes, are contributing to a severe loss of food and water supplies.

The report documents children eating tough cassava roots softened with paracetamol in Fiji, and people in Papua New Guinea walking days to get food and water during the El Niño weather pattern that brought widespread drought to Oceania.

At its peak, the drought caused food and water shortages for an estimated 4.7 million people. The impact of combined events such as cyclones and the El Niño continues to be felt, especially on health, education and livelihoods.

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