“Green Corps” of five thousand people—one per village in each country


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Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

Barbut has her own idea for an affordable modern-day Marshall Plan for Africa. “To restore a hectare of degraded land, it costs between one hundred and three hundred dollars,” she said, while a day in the refugee camp for one refugee in Italy costs the host government forty-two dollars. “So, please, we are not talking about a huge amount of money,” she noted. Her proposal: in the thirteen countries from Mali to Djibouti, fund a “Green Corps” of five thousand people—one per village in each country—give them basic training and seedlings for planting trees that can retain water and soil, and pay them each two hundred dollars a month to take care of their plantings.

Does it really mean a "Green Corps" of five thousand people in each village? Isn't it too many?

Thank you.
  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    I think she's saying that the total number of villages combined from all those countries is 5000. She wants one person from each of those villages to be in the Green Corps.

    (That's less than 400 villages per country, on average. That seems too few to me.:))
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