Brutal cyclones and a crippled economy mean young people in Madagascar face a daily struggle to survive. The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) in-country representative, Patrick Imam, recently confirmed that approximately 80% of the population live on less than £1.50 a day. A plague outbreak killed 200 people just last year. And on top of all this, political unrest is rife.
Madagascar has experienced a particularly difficult time recently. Our partner organisation, YMCA Madagascar, has been working with communities who were affected by two cyclones that hit in March – Dumazile and Eliakim – which fell within two weeks of each other and caused widespread flooding, to make them more resilient and prepare them for future bad weather.
At the time of writing, political unrest continues in the capital of Antananarivo. On Monday 11 June, President Rajaonarimampianina announced the formation of a new consensus government. By the next day anti-government protestors had gathered in the capital to demonstrate and call on the President to step down. With elections not scheduled to take place until October of this year, it is likely that unrest will continue for many months to come.
In the coming months we will continue to work closely with YMCA Madagascar to support young people through this difficult time. We will keep you updated of our progress there.