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That means their lives depend on them catching fish and selling them. However, the nets they use often get torn. They get caught on rocks or shells or against the sides of boats. That is why these women are hard at work mending holes in the nets.

The fishermen would not be able to catch much if the fish escaped through the holes! It looks a bit like a big plastic paper clip. The netting thread is wrapped around the centre of the needle. This keeps it firm while the holes are being mended. What an unusual face! It looks like a mask. However, it is the carefully painted face of a woman.

She is called a Geisha. She comes from Japan, an island nation in east Asia. In Japan, Geishas are famous. They perform at special occasions, for example, at festivals. Young women, usually between the ages of 15 and 20, train for a long time to become Geishas.

They learn certain traditional crafts such as drawing, writing, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. They also need to know how to prepare and serve tea for a special tea ceremony. This is considered an art form in Japan. Geishas who are still training wear colourful gowns made from silk.

These are called kimonos. They also wear wigs and very high wooden sandals with socks! These shoes are called okobo. When Geishas are fully qualified they wear plain kimonos and reveal their own hair. Can you see the motorbike?

Sand is whirling through the air everywhere. This does not seem like a good place to go for a ride! However, in South America, hundreds of racers are driving through the desert. The Dakar Rally started in Peru this weekend.

The rally is considered the toughest motor race in the world. All sorts of vehicles take part. There are motorbikes, cars, trucks and quad bikes. For two weeks drivers race 9 kilometres through three countries: Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Part of the route goes through the desert and another goes high up into the mountains. Of course, an ordinary car would not stand a chance on this track.

Even a normal SUV is not enough. The vehicles have to have thick tyres, be higher off the ground and be fitted with protective equipment. There is some good news for the environment. The British government has banned the use of plastic particles in cosmetics and other personal care products. Plastic microbeads or tiny solid plastic particles are used mostly in the manufacture of make-up, face washes, toothpastes, shower gels and other products.

When using these products, the plastic microbeads get into our drains and eventually end up in the ocean. Plastic in the ocean causes fish and plants to die.

Officials say the ban will prevent water pollution and protect ocean life. Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: Coffey says there are many natural alternatives that manufacturers can use instead of microbes. Last Thursday was a very happy day for South Africa's women's soccer squad.

The event was held in Accra, the capital of Ghana in west Africa. It was the fourth time that they have won that trophy. The stars in the sky are very, very far away. Luckily, there are places that can make them appear closer. Such a place is called a planetarium. Most of the time you can see the building from afar.

A planetarium has a large dome - a roof that looks like half a ball. Inside is a hall with chairs. Visitors sit there and look upwards to the rounded roof. Pictures and films of the stars, planets and other aspects of the universe appear on the dome. They come from a device in the middle of the hall called a projector. This makes it seem as if you are sitting under a huge starry sky. Planetariums exist in many countries around the world.

The United States of America recently opened a particularly large planetarium. The dome has a diameter of 27 metres. That is a little bit longer than a public swimming pool. At this planetarium, there is not just one projector, but ten!

Can you spot something hiding in one of these cookies? Each one of these folded-up treats contains a little piece of paper with a special message. They are called fortune cookies. They are originally from Japan and were made popular in Chinese restaurants in the United States of America. Now they are after-dinner tokens in a number of restaurants around the world.

Sometimes people make their own for parties or special occasions. Fortune cookies are like tiny pancakes that have been folded up and then baked so that they turn crispy. Baked into them are the little fortune messages. These are usually wise words or slogans that people can use to live by.

Some are just silly sayings. Some examples of these would be: Some silly ones could be: Biting into the cookies and sharing the messages inside is a fun way to spend time with friends and family.

Usually the words make people smile. Did you know that more than half of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa? Cocoa is an essential ingredient in one of our favourite sweet treats - chocolate. Cocoa beans come from the fruit of cocoa trees. These grow only in rainforest-like conditions close to the Equator. The Equator is an imaginary line that divides the Earth into two hemispheres.

The demand for cocoa has grown in the past few years as more and more people have developed a taste for chocolate. However, experts are concerned that global warming could affect cocoa farming. They say that conditions in some producer countries are becoming too hot to grow the plant.

Global warming means the Earth's temperature is rising. Most scientists say it is happening because of pollution caused by human activities such as electricity production, manufacturing and transport. Yet people are busy working on ways to protect the cacao plants so that humans can continue to enjoy chocolate. There is some good news for Africa's elephant population. As of this year, the sale of ivory and all ivory products will be illegal in China.

Many elephants in Africa were being killed so that their tusks could be removed and illegaly sold, mostly to buyers inChina. Elephants have become endangered because so many are being killed for their tusks. This means they were on the verge of becoming extinct. When something is extinct, it no longer exists. Experts estimate about 30 African elephants are killed by poachers every year. China's move to ban the sale of ivory has been welcomed as it will help efforts to protect the elephant population.

Already, many factories and shops dealing in ivory in China have been closed down. Officials in China have also been trying to raise awareness around the sale of ivory and the danger it poses for the elephant population. Every year, many people from around the world attempt to climb high mountains in Nepal. However, the south Asian country has now banned people from climbing some of its mountains alone.

It is no longer allowing solo climbers. Officials say climbers must be accompanied by local guides. The decision was made to keep climbers safe and to reduce accidents. Many people have been killed while trying to climb mountains in the country. Six people died last year, including an year-old man. He was trying to reclaim his title as the world's oldest person to reach the top of Everest. More than people have died on Everest since Most of those deaths have happened in the past 30 years.

Officials say people die while attempting to climb Everest for many reasons. These include illness, avalanches and falls. Readers of the Economist magazine have voted South Africa's national anthem to be the world's best. It is, therefore, years old! Sontonga was a writer, a composer and a teacher. He wrote the song as a prayer when he was just 24 years old. South Africa's governing party, the African National Congress ANC , used the song in the long struggle against the racist apartheid regime.

When South Africa became a democracy in , a new national anthem was needed. Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika was combined with parts of the old Afrikaans and English anthems to create a new one. It is now an anthem sung in five different languages - isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, English and Afrikaans. They come from Cape Town. Every year, on the 2nd of January, they dress in special costumes and take over the city's streets. This means Second New Year in Afrikaans.

They walk down the streets playing musical instruments and singing songs. This yearly event has been happening since the s when some people in our country were kept as slaves. The slaves in Cape Town were given one day off a year, the 2nd of January. To celebrate this day, groups would dress up as minstrels. That is an old-fashioned name for musicians or singers. Even though slavery was abolished in South Africa in , the carnival has continued to take place.

Many of the songs that they sing are the same as those sung by the slaves. Many people come to watch the parade each year. Can you believe that this is a kangaroo? It is a special type of kangaroo because it lives in trees! These kangaroos are called Lumholtz tree kangaroos. They were named after an explorer named Carl Lumholtz. Lumholtz discovered them living in the rainforests in Australia.

Lumholtz tree kangaroos are blackish brown in colour with a black face. They have very long black tails and strong arms. They use their arms and claws to climb trees and their tails help them to keep their balance. Just like other kangaroos, they can also hop across the ground. Tree kangaroos like to pick their food fresh from the trees and vines of the rainforest. They enjoy eating leaves and fruit. They usually move from tree to tree, searching for food. Sometimes they steal maize from fields of nearby farmers.

Sadly, their natural habitat is under threat. That's why there are fewer and fewer of these animals living in the wild. This beautiful pattern has been made by an optical instrument called a kaleidoscope. The word optical refers to sight. You see patterns like this when you look into the one end of a kaleidoscope. From the outside, a kaleidoscope looks like an empty kitchen towel tube.

One end has a small hole in it. The other end is wider and is covered with glass or plastic which acts like a window. This end is also called the object chamber. That is because it contains tiny bits of coloured glass or plastic.

On the inside of the tube are two or more mirrors facing each other. These are then reflected by the mirrors. This reflection is what creates the pattern.

The patterns can be changed by twisting the tube around. This shuffles the glass fragments and they move into different positions creating a new pattern. Kaleidoscopes have been popular children's toys since the s. Flashing reindeer, bright snowflakes and a singing Santa Claus! If you were standing in front of this house, you could think that you were dreaming. You might have to rub your eyes first.

However, it is real. Thousands of colourful lights sparkle. Every year at this time, Thomas Bittelmeyer and his family transform their home in Germany with a Christmas theme. To make the house twinkle, he needs a lot of fairy lights. Bittelmeyer does not know how many lights were installed this time. In previous years he has used up to 60 lights! Some people think that to switch on all these lights is wasteful as it uses a lot of electricity.

Others enjoy seeing all the colourful lights. Pretty lights do have a way of making people cheerful. Some families in South Africa also do it. Most shopping centres decorate their walkways and parking garages too.

These small creatures look like dolphins, but are called porpoises. This one is a special type called a Vaquita. They are the most rare of all marine mammals.

Mammals are warm-blooded animals that usually give birth to their young and feed them with their own milk. Sadly, experts estimate that there are only about 30 Vaquitas left in the world.

They are nearly extinct. If an animal is extinct, there are none left living in the wild. Adult Vaquitas grow to be about one-and-a-half metres long. That is about half the length of a bed. They live off the coast of Mexico, a country to the south of the United States of America. The government of Mexico has given money towards a project to save the animals.

Researchers and animal rights activists want to capture some Vaquitas so that they can be protected in an enclosure in the sea. It is hoped they will reproduce and so increase their population. However, this is not an easy task. Researchers do not know how the animals will react to being captured.

They first need to go and study them for a while. An avocado as big as her head! Where on Earth would you find such a thing? In Hawaii, it turns out. Pam Wang discovered the giant avocado on her usual walk.

She picks avocados every day, but this one took her by surprise, she told reporters. The huge fruit weighed almost 2. That is about the same as a pumpkin. Avocados are usually about the same size and shape as a pear.

That is why they are called avocado pears. However, in some parts of South Africa avos can be much bigger than an average pear. Wang says she has already asked the Guinness World Records to check.

That is the organisation that determines world records. She is waiting for an answer. Maybe she has discovered a record-breaking avocado! A wildfire has been raging in in parts of Los Angeles for the past two weeks. The city lies in California, a state on the west coast of the United States of America.

More than 8 firefighters have been working round the clock to extinguish the fires. Officials say it is the third largest fire ever in California. Thousands of acres of land and more than 1 homes and buildings have already been destroyed. Dozens of people near the fire zones have been evacuated from the homes and offices. Two people, inlcuding one firefighter, have been killed. California experiences fires around this time of the year because of very heavy winds.

This fire broke out on December 4. Officials say dry conditions, warm temperatures and strong winds are causing it to spread very quickly. One star couple has become proud new parents of twins. Popular singer Enrique Iglesias and tennis star Anna Kournikova welcomed their babies into the world on Saturday. The Spanish singer and Russian tennis player met in while shooting for Iglesias's music video for Escape.

Iglesias, 42, has released several hit songs, including the popular song Hero. The year-old Kournikova is a former professional tennis player.

She is one of the most well-known tennis players in the world. The couple, who keep their personal life very private, has not yet released any pictures of their newborn twins.

In fact, nobody even knew that they were expecting children! This is a researcher hard at work. However, this is not an ordinary workplace. She has to go there dressed up very warmly.

You can see her woolly hat and gloves and her thick jacket. She is surrounded by a forest of ice. In some places, the ice is as thick as a pencil. In others, it is almost as thick as a wooden chopping board. The ice forest is not natural. This researcher and her colleagues created it in the United States of America.

They sprayed water onto the trees with fire hoses when it was very cold. The branches of the trees in this forest became frozen very quickly. The scientists did this because they want to learn more about ice storms. They want to know how they affect trees. For example, do the branches break more easily after an ice storm? An ice storm happens when freezing rain leaves a glaze of ice on the ground. They are extreme winter weather events that occur in colder countries where it snows a lot.

Researchers expect that ice storms will soon be more common because the climate on Earth is changing. This party has elected a new leadership team. The new party leader's name is Cyril Ramaphosa.

He was elected on Monday at an important party conference. The next national elections in South Africa will be in If the ANC were to win the national election, Ramaphosa would most likely become the president of the country. Zuma plans to remain in office until the election. However, he can no longer make major decisions without talking to Ramaphosa first. Ramaphosa is already deputy president of the country since president Zuma appointed him deputy president in and now gained more power with this ANC party election.

Ramaphosa got more votes from ANC delegates in the conference than the other candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is a politician and ex-wife of president Zuma. They believe he will make many changes that will be good for the country. They also believe he will try to stop corruption. Did you know that people in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia have not been able to go to a cinema in the country over the past 35 years? That is because cinemas were banned under the country's strict Islamic laws.

Islam is a religion that originated in Saudi Arabia. The laws determine how people should live and dress, where they should go and even what they should watch and listen to.

The country had cinemas in the s, but Muslim clerics persuaded authorities to close them. Now the Ministry of Culture and Information says they will lift the ban.

The first movie theatre in Saudi Arabia will open in March. The move is part of Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plans of opening up the kingdom to the outside world.

The year-old prince has also made many other changes. From next year, women will be allowed to drive and attend sport events. Women have already been more active in politics this year. Several music concerts have also been held there this year. The prince says he hopes to return Saudi Arabia to a more liberal Islamic country.

This means he does not want people to have to follow such strict rules anymore. The Olympic Games happen every four years and always start with a grand celebration. Thousands of athletes from many countries enter a stadium in the host country one after the other and wave to the fans.

Some are especially chosen to carry their country's flag. The Olympics are an important sporting event for the participants as they compete against the best athletes in the world. Last week, however, it was announced that one country will not be allowed to compete in the Winter Olympics. These are being held in the Asian country of South Korea in February.

The team of Russia has been excluded from the opening celebrations and for all competitions. This is to punish Russia. Doping happens when athletes take medication that helps them to perform better. That is strictly forbidden. It gives people an unfair advantage. It is a form of cheating.

Some Russian athletes may still participate in the games. However, they will have to prove that they never used drugs to help them. In addition, no Russian flag may be raised and no national song will be played, should a Russian athlete win a medal. Reconciliation is a big word. What does it mean? It means to put differences aside and become friendly again after a quarrel. In South Africa, this became very important after the end of apartheid.

Apartheid was a system of government that kept people apart. It treated black people in this country very unfairly. Anyone who was not white, did not have the same rights. This led to a lot of unhappiness, even hatred. In the picture above is the former Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, who is still one of the most prominent peace activists in South Africa.

He was an important apartheid fighter and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in In , however, the first democratically elected government came into power, led by President Nelson Mandela. One of the government's most important jobs was to get the different peoples of South Africa to know each other better and to respect each other.

The date of this public holiday in South Africa, 16 December, had been an important day to white Afrikaner people. It had also been an important day to black people who had struggled for freedom against the apartheid government.

It was therefore decided that this day would be renamed the Day of Reconciliation. It was celebrated as a public holiday for the first time in In , former President Mandela said at a Reconciliation Day event: A zoo in the United States of America has been receiving a lot of attention lately.

A tiger there gave birth to tiger cubs on November Only two of the four cubs survived and people have been constantly checking on the surviving pair.

Staff at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo have been taking personal care of the cubs to make sure they survive. Their mother, Changbai, stopped caring for them shortly after they were born. The zoo's director Gregg Dancho says the cubs are fed by hand five times a day. They are given milk in a bottle and vitamin tablets. Staff say it will be a few more weeks before the public can see them.

The zoo provides updates on the cubs on its website and Facebook page. The survival of the cubs is very important because the animal is becoming extinct. This means that in a few years there could be no tigers left. This is because the forests where they live are being destroyed by people. Tigers are also hunted for their fur. Tigers are the largest animals of the big cat family, which includes lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Each tiger weighs about kilograms. That's about as heavy as four adults put together. Two princes from the royal family in the United Kingdom have roles in the new Star Wars movie. Princes William and Harry play stormtroopers in the film that is being released this week. Stormtroopers are white in colour and look like robots. They are soldiers that guard the galactic empire in the film.

The two princes attended the movie's premiere in London on Tuesday. They walked the red carpet and were presented with stormtrooper helmets. There were also a few people wearing stormtrooper costumes on the red carpet.

This was to give people attending the premiere an experience of the Star Wars world. Star Wars is very popular around the world. Fans wait a long time to watch the movie and buy their tickets as soon as they become available. This week Jewish people celebrate the Festival of Lights.

They call it Hanukkah. This happy celebration lasts eight days. During this time, families come together to eat and play games. The festival is a reminder of a very special event in Jewish history: A long time ago people had taken over the land that today is called Israel. They had vandalised the temple that was very important to the Jewish people. A group of Jewish fighters managed to drive the occupiers out and reclaim the temple. They wanted to light important candles in the temple.

That is when it is believed that a miracle occurred. The candles had to be lit with very special burning oil. They only had enough of this oil to last for one day. However, the candles stayed lit for eight days! This was long enough for more of the special oil to be made. That is why Hanukkah lasts eight days. On each of the days, Jews light candles on a special candlestick called a Hanukkiah.

They also eat lots of things with oil in them, such as potato pancakes or doughnuts. A charity called WaterAid created a memorial with buckets along the banks of the River Thames in London last week. London is the capital city of the United Kingdom in Europe.

The buckets represent the children who die every day around the world because of dirty water and poor sanitation. The charity wanted to raise awareness about the children who do not have clean water to drink or a decent toilet.

Marcus Missen of WaterAid said: Often, the water is so dirty it can kill them. On average, a child dies every two minutes due to poor water and sanitation. WaterAid is asking members of the public to buy a bucket. That is about R37 or. Each of the empty buckets could hold almost enough safe drinking water that a child would need for a week.

Many of the children they are talking about live in Africa. These cranes are blue and red. Children from Japan folded 1 of these birds out of paper. They were then taken to the city of Oslo in Norway and laid outside the parliament there. Paper cranes are considered a sign of peace. They are also a symbol against nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons, or atomic bombs, are extremely powerful.

One such bomb could destroy an entire city. About people died, including many children. That is why the cranes now come from there. The people of Japan do not want this sort of suffering and destruction ever to happen again. But there are countries that still have these awful weapons and use them as a threat to other countries. The people of Ican want to ban nuclear weapons. They want all countries to sign a contract that they will not make, acquire, test, or possess these types of weapons.

Jerusalem is a world-famous city. It is one of the oldest cities in the world. It plays an important role in three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Sadly, it is also a place of conflict between different people.

In the Middle East, where Jerusalem lies, politicians of two peoples have been fighting about the land in the region for a long time. They are Palestinians and Israelis. They are also fighting about Jerusalem. Both want the city as their capital. In a capital, politicians usually make the most important decisions for a country. The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city for themselves, but the Israelis refer to the whole city of Jerusalem as their capital. Other countries do not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of either.

They think both sides should agree on a division. Recently, however, the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, said that Israel should have the right to call Jerusalem its capital. Many people criticise this step. They fear that it will make the tensions between Israelis and Palestinians even worse, which could lead to violence. What is this strange-looking animal? It has large googly eyes and three spikes on its head!

It looks like a tiny dinosaur. Indeed it is the three-horned Jackson's chameleon. They are given that name because the males have three, brownish-coloured horns on their heads. The females do not. They are usually bright green, but like all chameleons, they can change colour quickly depending on their mood, health and temperature.

Their eyes are able to turn individually. This means that they have degree-vision. They can spot their prey with one eye and check for danger with the other! The chameleons use their very long tongues to catch their food.

Their tongues, which can be twice as long as their bodies, are very quick. This makes them very successful predators. Their diet consists mainly of insects.

However, many people elsewhere keep them as pets, too. Wow, so many Santas in the same place! It looked like a sea of red and white in one part of London on Sunday morning. Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus to take part in a charity run. Some people ran 5 kilometers, others double that.

The money raised through the run will be used for the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Many hospital staff members and some of the patients' families also took part. One year-old boy has been a patient at the hospital since he was six weeks old. He took part in the race for the third time.

Arun Corcoran was born with only one kidney. There are many other children like him at the hospital. Many people also ran with their pet dogs.

The rainy weather did not stop people from taking part. The hospital hoped to raise millions of rands from the event. The money will be used by the hospital's play service. The play team for example helps patients and families to prepare for operations by providing fun activities. A big storm over the sea in Asia has left a trail of destruction in its path.

It has affected the countries of Sri Lanka and India. Many houses, buildings and roads have been damaged. Many people living by the coast have had to leave their homes, fearing for their lives. Officials say dozens of people have been killed. Navy and air rescue teams are searching for hundreds of fishermen who have gone missing in southern India. Officials say at least fishermen have been found so far.

Some have managed to reach harbours in other provinces, while others are being found along the coasts. This storm was a cyclone.

These storms start over the sea and are also called a hurricane or a typhoon in other parts of the world. It brings with it heavy rain, high waves and flooding. Each storm is given a name. This cyclone has been named Okhi. Also known as Madiba, the elder statesman died in Johannesburg on 5 December at the age of People around the world still remember him.

They take time out to do kind things for other people on his birthday in July and on the anniversary of his death. The South African government also hosts many functions in honour of Madiba every year on these days. People still visit his home in Houghton, in Johannesburg, and leave messages for him. That is because Mandela fought very hard for South Africa to be a free country. Before , South Africa was ruled by a racist government under a system called apartheid.

The system kept people of different races apart from each other. They were not free to marry each other or go out together. Black people were not allowed to enter many places or study where they wanted to. Many people went to jail and others died fighting for equality and democracy. Madiba himself spent 27 years in jail. When he was released from prison, he became South Africa's first black president. He governed the country from until Many people gazed into the sky on Sunday night.

The moon was really close to Earth and it looked almost as bright as a lamp. People called the phenomenon a supermoon. A supermoon looks a lot bigger and about 30 times brighter than the moon normally does. It happens when the moon is closest to the Earth. The moon moves around the Earth in an oval shape and not a perfect circle. So, sometimes the moon is closer to Earth and other times farther away from it. This time, it was really close to some parts of the Earth. Sometimes people have to wait years to see a supermoon.

However, the wait for the next one is short: The moon is expected to come very close to Earth again on January 2. So, if the sky is clear on that night, remember to look up and see the superman! All over the world, many people live with a disease called Aids. However, in some countries it is a taboo.

This means people do not talk about their condition. This is partly because they are ashamed that they, too, have been infected. Yet, it is important to talk about Aids so that more people learn about it and can protect themselves from infection. About 37 million people worldwide are infected with the virus. However, people do not always know they are infected.

This is why people should have their blood tested. When a person learns that he or she is infected, the person can get treatment. The person will also learn how to prevent passing it on to anyone else. Thanks to medication, a person can be HIV-positive for many years but won't develop the dangerous disease Aids. Every year, 1 December is World Aids Day. It is a day that aims to raise awareness of the disease and encourage people to talk about it more freely. A big Christmas tree like this is famous.

Thousands of people come to see the new one every year in New York. The tree is put up every year in front of the Rockefeller Center. Each year there is a switching-on ceremony during which the fairy lights are turned on, accompanied by music and a special show.

It is a tradition that has been around for many years - the first time a tree was set up there was more than 80 years ago. The tree is especially decorated with lots of baubles and lights. At the very top, a big star glistens brightly. The tree and its decorations are huge: So, if you had to lay them around a soccer field, they would go around about 26 times!

It is 23 metres to the top of the tree. That's about the same height as a five-storey house. The lights were switched on last week and the tree will stay up and lit until 7 January After that, the tree will be chopped up and used to build homes for poor people. Never before had a doctor tried this: Christiaan Barnard, operated on a man and gave him a stranger's heart. The patient was 55 years old and his name was Louis Washkansky.

This procedure is called heart transplantation. It means that a living person with an unhealthy heart can receive a new heart from a person who has just died. People who are organ donors can donate their organs such as hearts, lungs and kidneys after they die.

Unfortunately, Washkansky's new heart beat for only 18 days and then he died following an infection. Nevertheless, the operation was considered a great success by many medical experts. It proved that a heart transplant was possible.

Dr Barnard became very famous afterwards. Initially, the first patients did not live very long after surgery. Their bodies rejected the new hearts. This is different today because there is better medication available. People now have a good chance of living with their new heart for a long time. Hundreds of transplants take place every year.

In some parts of the world it has not rained for a long time. The soil there is getting drier. According to experts, droughts could be even more frequent in the future. This will be a big problem as plants need water to grow. Animals need to eat plants and drink water to live.

Humans need plants, animals and water to survive, too. There are some plants that have adapted to very low rainfall levels. Plants like these fig cacti, also called prickly pears, for example. A large organisation has now proposed that people in areas affected by drought should grow more of them.

Fortunately, prickly pears can be found growing all over South Africa. Prickly pears are strange-looking plants. They do not have leaves. A man could choose a girl he liked, pay the company for her address and other contact info and then everything was in his hands!

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