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Devil of a problem: the tree that's eating Africa
It was introduced as a force for good. But the mesquite
tree has taken to Ethiopia's soil with such relentless enthusiasm that it
threatens the livelihood of thousands. Caroline Irby reports
27 August 2004
In Ethiopia they call it the Devil Tree. It is both an addiction and an
affliction. In this largely pastoral country there are many people who
can't do without it: it provides shelter, building materials, fencing for
livestock, firewood, charcoal and shade from the fierce African
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