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Film: The Unreported Drought - El Niño’s Impact on Timor-Leste

The island nation Timor-Leste has been in the grip of a drought since being hit by one of the worst El Niño weather events on record. The impact of El Niño has been well documented across Africa and other regions in Asia. But the situation in Timor-Leste has been largely unreported. View high and low resolution versions of the film below.

With the third highest rate of child malnutrition in the world, 70% of the population reliant on rain fed agriculture, and more than 4 months until the next rainy season, the drought is cause for alarm.

Lack of rain has led to water and food shortages across the country causing crop failure, reduced family income and the death of at 70,000 livestock. Families are missing meals, children’s education is being disrupted, and every day girls and women are walking long distances to collect water.

Plan International Timor-Leste and 4 other INGOs, Oxfam, World Vision, Caritas Australia and CARE International have come together to create a short film to warn of the potentially devastating effects on Timorese children, families and communities who are already struggling to cope. 

Please share their story to bring much needed attention to Timor-Leste’s drought.

The Unreported Drought – El Nino’s impact on Timor-Leste was funded by Australian Aid.