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Vol 54 No 22

Published 1st November 2013


The sanctions card is worn out

Blaming the West and the MDC for the economy’s woes does not get more believable just because it’s repeated in New York and Washington

Zimbabwe celebrated World Food Day on 16 October in its own, idiosyncratic way. The local United Nations office took out an advert in the press pointing out, among other things, that this year the number of ‘food insecure’ Zimbabweans had ballooned from 1.6 million to 2.1 million and one in three children were chronically malnourished. In Parliament, an acrimonious debate saw Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front backbenchers blaming the problem on continued sanctions and the failure of the Movement for Democratic Change ministers of the previous government to provide finance to the agricultural sector.

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