Drought and upheaval linked in Africa
January 27, 2000 (BBC)- An international team of scientists says it's
discovered a relationship between political stability in East Africa and rainfall
The scientists compiled a record of rainfall and drought by calculating the
water level and salinity changes of Lake Naivasha in Kenya and matched
it with the oral history of the people who live there.
They found that in periods when there was evidence of drought, local
people spoke of political unrest, large-scale emigration and the
establishment of new dynasties. The head of the team, Dr Dick Vershuren,
said the data could be used to promote better water management,
as it was now possible to see the consequences of drought.
From the newsroom of the BBC World