In Mada­gas­car, pope de­nounces ex­ploita­tion

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

Pope Fran­cis de­nounced the il­le­gal log­ging and ex­ploita­tion of Mada­gas­car’s nat­u­ral re­sources on Satur­day as he opened a visit to the In­dian Ocean na­tion with a plea for the gov­ern­ment to fight the cor­rup­tion that is rav­aging the is­land’s en­vi­ron­ment and keep­ing its peo­ple in “in­hu­mane poverty.”

Fran­cis urged President Andry Ra­joelina to pro­vide Mada­gas­car’s peo­ple with jobs and al­ter­na­tive sources of in­come so they aren’t forced to cut down trees to find fer­tile soil, poach the is­land’s wildlife and en­gage in il­le­gal ex­por­ta­tion of its di­verse flora, fauna and min­eral re­sources.

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