The massive plague of locusts that has left a trail of destruction across Africa has made its way across the Red Sea coast and has set their sights on Egypt and Saudi Arabia. as the swarm were reportedly spotted close to Eastern Equatoria on the South Sudanese border with Kenya and Ethiopia, suggesting they are heading northbound towards Egypt.
THE END OF THE WORLD could soon be a reality if the Bible is anything to go by, as a swarm of locusts approach Egypt.
A plague of locusts has made its way through Africa along the Red Sea coast and towards Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The swarm of billions of crop-devouring grasshoppers arrived after a period of heavy rain in October 2018 and wreaked devastation on countries in the Horn of Africa, with experts predicting the outbreak to grow 400 times the current size by June 2020. Yesterday, they were spotted close to Eastern Equatoria on the South Sudanese border with Kenya and Ethiopia, suggesting they are heading northbound towards Egypt.
In the Plagues of Egypt – a story depicted in the Book of Exodus – God inflicts 10 disasters, or plagues, on the Egyptian people as the Pharaoh refuses to accept Moses’ demands for the Israelites to be freed from their chains of slavery.
Exodus 10:12-15 reads: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail’.
“So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night.
“By morning the wind had brought the locusts; 14 they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers.
“Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.
“They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail – everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees.
“Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.”
The story is hugely significant in a religious context but also in popular folklore.
Locusts have come to be seen by many as a symbol of doom or even the coming of the end of the world.