05/18/2014 22:45 GMT
by Denis Chabrol
GEORGETOWN, May 18, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of indigenous people near Guyana's border with Brazil are battling drought so persistent they fear crop failure and hunger.
Shirley Melville, a former legislator in Lethem, said Sunday that her family's well and many more in the town near northern Brazil have dried up because there has been no rainfall for at least seven months.
"This is the first time in 40 years that my well has dried up. I even dug another one -- and that, too, is dry," she told AFP.