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Vol 49 No 21

Published 17th October 2008


Zimbabwe

Hunger stalks the land

Malnourished children are dying in the countryside and the next harvest is unlikely to be better.

Malnourished children are dying in the countryside and the next harvest is unlikely to be better. The combination of the worst drought for a decade and bad government policies, along with the lack of seeds and fertiliser, is proving disastrous. Last week, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund refused to accredit a Zimbabwean delegation to their annual meetings in Washington. Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) were supposed to have agreed a power-sharing cabinet and to start renewing relations with the international finance institutions. The impasse continues.

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