Kenya President William Ruto has told the international community that African economies are in dire straits as climate change continues to ravage the continent.
Speaking at the ongoing Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, Ruto said Africa is suffering a debt burden and is made to pay five times more in interest than other countries when it borrows.
He said climate change is “relentlessly eating away” at Africa’s efforts and progress in creating opportunities for its people, adding that “its appetite to consume our GDP will grow in the years to come”.
“Many of our countries are heading into debt distress because of climate change,” he said.
“We are suffering the most, whether it is in the Sahel and Horn of Africa with drought or in South Africa with cyclones, the suffering is across the globe, but we carry the biggest brunt.
“Because of climate change, we are forced to divert resources that are meant for economic growth into dealing with the effects of climate change.
“When we say climate change is destroying our economies, we are not making statements, we are making statements of fact.